“Arrive between 8 and 9:30 am to pick up your nuc so it doesn’t overheat,” was the phone message I received a week ago.
Yikes, this seems like a lot of responsibility, caring for 3000+ bees. But, we arrived on time ready to fully jump into this adventure. We quickly spent another chunk of money on bee suits, gloves, smoker, pellets and another brood box and gathered our nuc. The ride home, with windows open to keep our new friends cool, lead to a rather comical conversation about what would happen if we got in an accident and the nuc opened. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.
Travis, the local bee guy at Buckerfields, our bee supply store, had a great tip about setting the nuc onto the bottom screen where the actual hive would be. That allows the bees to orient and then start to forage so when we open the hive later, hundreds or thousands will be out already. We listened to his advice and it seemed to work.
When we opened the door on the nuc, the bees immediately started crawling out and finding their way around. We gave them a few hours to figure out their location as we went to bottle our wine (that’s another story with 100 lbs of grapes that grew on our pergola…with great results!).
After putting on our bee suits and mounting the camera on a tripod, the brave father and son team tackled their first bee task. Here’s the video showing our progress! 🙂
It was a rush, and it’s exciting to think about the variety of bee activities we have ahead.
People are certainly interested in our new hobby. We’re starting to learn the lingo and, 24 hours after transferring the nuc, we peeked inside to show some guests. The bees are already actively making new comb on the empty frames!
More videos and photos come, I’m sure.