Thursday, May 26, 2011

When Life Gives You Bees, Make Honey

OK everyone.  For those of you who've been following my backyard bee adventure, the Bee Guy came by and relocated all of the bees to his bee farm (I'll post pics and video of that crazy ordeal in the next blog entry) .

The Brr Guy gave us some of the hive to extract fresh honey from.  I've never done this before, but it was such a cool process, and so much fun! I just finished my video about how to extract honey from the hive!  Here it is for your viewing pleasure:

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Being in the middle of spring, I've noticed lately that there have been more bees in my backyard.  I've welcomed them because they pollinate all the vegetables in my garden.  This morning I was pruning some of my plants and I noticed a white chunk of something sitting on a branch of a tree in my backyard.  Funny, I thought, looks a bit like beeswax.

Later in the afternoon, I noticed a few white chunks on the floor beneath the tree:  I looked closer to investigate and saw a couple of bees on them, and sure enough it was beeswax.

I wondered where these chunks of beeswax were coming from, and looked up into the tree and to my horror, I discovered this:
HOLY SHIT! I have no idea how long these bees have been here or building this hive.  It's about 2 ft long and at least a foot wide!!  Here are more gory pictures:

Clearly these are honey bees, and so far they've been pretty peaceful and have kept to themselves, but they still give me the heebie-jeebies in a massive way.    Even those these bees are scary looking, they are very beneficial to the environment, and we did not want all these bees to be killed-- that would be such a waste.  We have a bee specialist coming on Monday to remove the hive and he'll be relocating it to a bee farm.  It'll be really interesting to see how he gets up into this tree to remove the hive!! 
Until then, we'll just be extra careful not to disturb this hive or piss the bees off!