Bad luck beekeeper

15 Apr

As if a bee swarm itself weren’t enough to turn a day bad, Jack from the Self-Sufficient Steward experienced a double-whammy this week.

So, I flunk basic beekeeping once – preempting the swarm is pretty rudimentary stuff and I blew it. But now I have a chance to really earn my beekeeping merit badge by capturing the swarm in the hive body I had prepared to split the colony. So I scramble around, calling in to some experienced beekeepers for advice and re-reading the ‘capturing the swarm’ section.

Then I hustle back out a full ten minutes later, ready for my trial by fire, to find….an empty branch.

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3 Responses to “Bad luck beekeeper”

  1. alisray April 16, 2008 at 4:04 am #

    Thanks for the tip-of-the-hat.

    As another of your middle-aged men, I’ve seen enough biology to accept that the bees sometimes know best.

    I just try to get the full eight second ride out of Mother Nature.

  2. Marcia April 25, 2008 at 4:19 am #

    Cool blog !! I want a Top Bar hive now – I have 2 Langstroth hives here in the city but I really want to have a go at a TB – your site inspires me !!

  3. Chantal April 25, 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    Thank you! Welcome to the site.

    Marcia, where are you located? Here in Albuquerque, there aren’t many regulations on bees but I only have room in my tiny yard for maybe 2 hives max. We’ll see how I far this year with my first hive before trying another.

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