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We Have Bees!!

April 7th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

DD's 4H beekeeping leader (EM) captured a swarm last weekend.

DD set up her box and EM brought the bees to our house yesterday. We are all excited. Honeybees are so cool. Just amazing when you learn about what they do and how the live.

DD's 4H experiences have been so wonderful this year. It is such a great way to nurture a child's interests without spending a bunch of money. I also feel like it's a great place for social interactions. She gets to spend time with other kids near her age, with similar intrests, but not in a school setting. Actually, there isn't anyone in this particular club that goes to DD's school. I think that takes some of the "social pressure" off a bit.

The boxes, complete with frames and tops, a smoker, hive tool, frame grabber and feeder were all given to DD for free because they were donated to the 4H project.
To buy these items as a package would be about $185.

The bee leader, EM, is a sweetheart of a lady. Completely volunteering all this time to educate and suport the kids. She collects unwanted swarms to populate the hives so nobody has to buy bees.
A queen can sell for $25-$30. A group of bees like ours could cost $170.

We did buy DD a veil, a board for the box and some wax foundation for the frames. To get her started we spent $40 vs. the near $400. Big Grin

Here is the queen. She is the larger, pretty golden colored one. The golden color is special. EM told us she is the prettiest queen she has seen in many years. EM also believes she is a young queen so we might have her for five years or so.

I am enjoying going out to the backyard and watching the activity going in and out of the box. Smile

Speaking of 4H: Yesterday morning DD's cooking goup had a field trip to see a local ice cream shop make ice cream. Really a lovely, locally owned shop in our historic downtown. Everyone got free ice cream. I was naughty and tried an Affogato (not free).
The Affogato is two scoops of icecream topped with two shots of espresso in a latte mug. OMGosh!! SO amazing. Obviously you must love coffee - which I do! It might be my new favorite dessert.

13 Responses to “We Have Bees!!”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    very cool. Bee careful!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I want to raise bees one day. My parents had a hive several years ago.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    That is very cool! She will remember that for a long time...or could be the beginnings of a life long hobby.

  4. scfr Says:

    That is so cool!!!

  5. PauletteGoddard Says:

    This is very cool. I aided my kid in some research about bees today and learned how important they are to agriculture. Beekeeping seems a terrific investment and activity.

  6. monkeymama Says:


  7. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Wonderful. Honey, honey, here it comes! 4-H is a great organization. (We even have one here in the city, but some years ago when my son was still young we looked into it and it appeared they only offered self-esteem programs. That was leaving out some of the "H"-es.)

  8. North Georgia Gal Says:

    We had hives growing up. My dad loved taking care of them. What a great way to make some memories.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    That is really neat!

  10. Swimgirl Says:

    So cool!

  11. snoopycool Says:

    I love having bees! Love, love, love it!!

  12. tasha123 Says:

    bees are now becoming very economicalthey provide alot to their care taker they are now used for both household and commercial purpose great to have bees

  13. baselle Says:

    Very cool - and your daughter is way braver than many adults who think they are allergic.

    When we hear about big bee die-offs from commercial hives, little hives like yours are going to be important!

    FYI - Are their 'killer' bee issues up where you are? In Arizona its an issue.

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