Hail Flow Forum!
I just popped into say hello to the forum peeps and let you know what’s up. I hope you share from your corner of the world as well.
I came out of winter with 3 strong hives then the US had a quarantine and my bees started swarming. Then Tennessee had a tornado which directed my focus to cleaning up knocked over trees and social distancing. Then a late frost which killed all the early blooms. Then Tennessee suffered high winds and caused a 4 day power out and more downed trees.
My bees swarmed and swarmed and swarmed and I did 2 splits. All that was just to much jelly for my biscuit.
So the current state of bee affairs is thus. I started a new flow 2 in the spring so now my apiary up to 4 hives. But it’s like having 3 new hives in the development stages and one oozing with happiness and well populated.
During my swarm-o-rama 2 of my hives were left with no queen and no eggs. So ordering 2 queens in the covid was another deal al together. One came dead and the other was alive and well. It all got sorted out in the end and my hives are just busy doing bee things now.
I had the hardest time installing the queens and it was a comedy of errors and frankly I’m amazed the bees took to them. I dropped one queen and she bounced out the side of the cage and the bees attacked her and stung her and she lived! So much for all that careful instruction on how to install a queen properly right? Lawd have mercy! The other queen was installed as a wonderful youtube video on the proper way to install a queen. It was a success as well.
I had one swarm which clung onto a branch 50 feet high on a tiny twig and froze in our late frost. They dropped off and hit the ground so I took out a nook and placed it near the clump of bees just to see if they thawed out. BY GOD they DID! Only a few casualties too! Whoop! I called them “the perfect storm swarm” and they live now at a friends house. It was amazing that they all lived and I watched the queen march into a cardboard nook.
Needless to say I need a nap after sharing all that excitement on how the season kicked off for me here in Nashville.
I am doing fine and staying quarantined as I have a 90 year old Mom and 89 year old Aunt which are in my care.
I’m anxious to see how all of you have fared during all the life disruptions.
Peace Peeps, I’ve missed you!