The Bees Arrive
Updated: Jan 29, 2020
After 6 months of research and reading, building the Flowhive 2 and then trying to find out where to purchase a Queen and Nuc from – today was the day Mark ‘the bee-man’ arrived with our brood box with the nuc already dropped in.
Excited and a little nervous. The moment you realise you actually have no idea what you’re doing and wonder where this all started!
Mark was great and I was so glad that we had organised for him to come down with the nuc and speak to us about position of the hive, first month, when to place the super on top and generally what to look out for.
When we spoke about where we hoped to place the hive we discussed factors such as;
- the amount of sun that’s ideal – ideally morning sun to get the bees out earlier to forage and some shade after lunchtime,
the flight path where the bees will be exiting – making sure that it’s not directly in the path of an area with high activity/ traffic
- away from bright lights at night
- having the hive face toward due north
We were lucky as we currently have an old concrete slab in the backyard in almost the perfect position and it makes it easier to ensure that we can see whether ants are getting into the hive. Hilary Kearney from Beekeeping Like A Girl has a great article and tips on this here.
One thing we hadn’t considered too much was how windy the location was but on reflection that fence provides a pretty good buffer from any northerly’s and they’re protected by the house from any southerly’s (I think) … but I will check again tomorrow!
There are some other great resources on the Flow Hive website as well as tonnes of literature all over the web about what to consider when locating your hive.
I had spoken to my neighbours before we purchased the hive to make sure there wasn’t anyone that was allergic to bees and that they were happy for us to place them near the back of the property. And the units behind us are a fair way from our fence-line so we didn’t need to consider any issues there.
There’s a video below showing the whole process. Mark is a really gentle beekeeper and so he took his time with the process over an hour or two to make sure the bees were settled. He did ask me whether I could hear the gentle buzzing note of ‘G’ that the bees were making – he said that meant they were relatively calm and happy. I just nodded – I could here the buzz but my musical talent finished when I was 12 playing the oboe (as all the clarinets were taken but that’s another story)