Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Well, here are our two hives in the back yard, which I posted about before several times. The hive closest to us in the photo is doing well. I saw the bees carrying pollen in and there was constant activity. I have sad news, however. One of the hives, the strong one unfortunately, has become Africanized and they are super aggressive. Mark found it very difficult to work on them so after much deliberation, he decided he must take action....
It's time to go mean bees! This is the second wrapping he has done on the hive in order to kill the crazy bees by suffocation. They found a way out the first time Mark taped up the openings. This time it appears to be working. The reason for doing it this way versus poisoning them is that Mark wants to use his box again. They're not cheap and the boxes are pretty nice. So if you used poison, you wouldn't be able to use the equipment! I learn so much about beekeeping these days -- I love it! And I love sharing the information with my friends who often ask about the bees. BTW, our new bees (the hives we picked up recently) are doing great! Next time Mark checks on them, I'll see if I can go with him for pictures. And they are very nice bees; hardly a sting despite his hammering and such on their houses. :)