Yesterday I showed a funny hat I had on my head.
Yea I'm rockin' the hat. But this is not how you are suppose to wear it.
This is how you are to wear it. And there are some pretty smart pups out there. You guessed right. It is a bee hat. The kind Bee Keepers wear. So why am I wearing it?
Well my Friends, me and MOM's church are going to have two beehives! This is me checking out where the bees are going to live.
I am going to show you a lot of photos of the whole process of getting the bees moved into their new home.
We received 3 pounds of bees. This is a pound and a half. That is a lot of bees!
That's my MOM putting on her bee gloves. Safety first.
MOM needs a little help getting the bee gloves over her biceps. MOM opted to not wear the whole bee suit. I guess MOM takes safety only so far.
MOM is giving me instructions on Bee Manners and safety.
We are about to take the Queen Bee out of the travel box. She is in that round can at the top of the box separated from all the other bees.
The Queen Bee is in that little box. It has a plug in it. MOM replaced the plug with a special plug that is made of bee type food. In a couple of days, with the help of the other bees, they will eat the food and release her into her hive.
That is my MOM and the church Queen Bee, Kristian, hanging the Queen Bee in her new hive. This is a very important step and must be done very carefully.
MOM waiting to place the bees in their hive.
MOM and Kristian putting the bees in their new home. This is interesting. There is a round hole at the bottom (where the Queen Bee was) and then you slam the bee box on the hive to make the bees fall out into the hive.
Then my MOM added the rest of the cone dividers.
Next MOM added that "feeder" box, careful not to squish any bees in the process.
Then you fill the feeder box with liquid bee food.
Then you sprinkle the bees with powder sugar. This helps to keep parasites away and off the bees.
That my Friends is some happy happy bees. I think they like their new home. We will gradually add more levels to the hive in the coming weeks ahead.
And this is a happy MOM because I did so well around the bees. I did not chase them, or try to bite them when they were flying all around me. I did not bark or act all crazy. Which is very important if you don't want to get stung. I did get stung once when a bee flew into my mouth. But I was OK, no worries.
And this is a happy Goose because these bees are going to bring so much beautiful into this world.
Did you know how important bees are to all of us? I can say that our very existence depends on them. It's true. Of course they pollinate the flowers of plants and trees. And when the bees do their thing we all get to eat. Even if you are a meat lover you still need the bees cuz those yummy cows and such need the bees to care for the food they eat. These under-appreciated workers pollinate 80% of the flowering crops with constitute over 1/3 of everything we eat.
A personal benefit I hope my MOM will enjoy is that when you (people and dogs) consume local raw honey it can reduce and even eliminate allergies! MOM did not start the bee thing with herself in mind. The whole bee thing at church started a year ago with just the idea of having beehives to help the environment, the community and a way to help fund mission and outreach buy selling the honey. MOM just found out about her allergy in the last week or so. But now this has come full circle. And to you, my doggie friends who have allergies, this just might help you. Just have your peeps mix in a tablespoon of Local Raw Honey (very important it is local and raw) in your kibble or make treats with it. What happens is that the pollen in the honey will help you with your allergies. It's true. I have a couple of friends who do and it has helped them a lot and even got rid of the allergies all together.
Bees are BEEutiful!