Friday, April 10, 2009

¡abejas!

they're here they're here!
here i'm seeing if the queen is alive before i put her in the hive.she comes in a little box w/ a candy door and has to basically eat her way out,this take a some time and meanwhile her presence orients all the workers to stick around and get to work.now i'm literally pouring thousands of them out of this box into the hive. i was mesmerized by it...
so now i just let them get started on doin' what they do and check back in a week...

8 comments:

Jbeeky said...

That is amazing! Take pictures in a week!

aaron said...

What is there range? How far afield do they forage?

erin ambrose said...

mmmm...miles...maybe something to the tune of 5 miles? they get around thats for sure.

aaron said...

how much does it cost to get started and how much space do you need. I want bees.

erin ambrose said...

well,a good book on natural beekeeping and building a top bar hive yourself will keep costs down. I'm taking a class since i have a bit of cash and i do better w/ hands on than reading a book. this is a good source for the veil and smoker and hive tool($70) https://www.dadant.com/catalog/index.php
and heres some videos
http://www.ecoversity.org/tv/tv-beekeeping.html

the biggest expense is going to the bees esp. because you want to find a supplier that raises them w/out chems and antibiotics and cultivates calm bees. my bees cost 135 bucks.i'm pretty sure theres a healthy bee supplier in ny, but the name escapes me.

Anonymous said...

It is so good to see you excited about something again. I have been to your blog for about 2 yrs. I love bees too. I haven't seen them in my area this year. very sad.

Mallow said...

Oh this is so cool! Are you taking classes with the people you wrote a post about so long ago?
I've been wanting to keep bees as well.. maybe this is the push I need to get started.

I hope you keep posting pictures and stories about your experiences with beekeeping! :)

Cheers!

Jbeeky said...

I am so glad you liked it. So many times I have thought to myself,"Man, I would love to sit and drink wine with Erin!".This will have to be close enough! Cheers!