Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bee hives are done!

Finally got the bee hives painted and they are finished! Ready for bees now. What do y'all think? Is it too much? Will the bees get all confused with too much going on? Or will they even care? I don't know.

I've noticed a lot of people name their hives. So I need some suggestions for hive names. The small hive will go out back at the top of the hill in the goat pasture. The bigger hive will be in the South garden. Somewhere out there. I'll paint the names at the top.

I still am not sure which way the entrance should be facing. I'm thinking South, but that might be too hot? Which way do all you bee keepers face your hives? Or does it matter? The hive I had last year faced East.


An At Home Daughter said...

They are so pretty!
A guy just gave us a swarm of bees two days ago. He said if my Mom bought his book that she could have the swarm. I was looking through his book and it had pictures of some painted hives. Made me wish we painted it before putting bees in it, but they popped up unexpectedly. Now I think I'll ask my Mom if we can drag the other (empty) hive back up and paint it.
Oh yah, In the book it said that it helps the bees tell the hives apart.

Kris said...

These will be pretty far apart from each other. I've heard Italian bees will rob each other's hives. How nice to have free bees. What's the book called?

An At Home Daughter said...

Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees. He was very nice and also gave us one of his music CDs.
We originally called him because he was selling all his bee suits.


Betty Ann said...

Catching up on your blog after being out of town for a week. Beautifully hand painted beehives. Hmmmm.... Is there ANYTHING you don't?? :)

Betty Ann said...

* don't do??

Iris said...

The hives are beautiful, and I would think the bees would appreciate these beautiful, colorful "workplaces".