In Two Deep

3 Jun

When we went to bring the hive back brooklyn the beekeepers at the Queens County Farm Museum gave us one box, better know has a deep, with bees in it and another deep with honey that was left over from last year. They encouraged us to add the honey-filled deep after the bees had settled into their new surroundings. Since Mike and I were at the Jersey shore for the holiday, we weren’t able to do it over the weekend. Apparently the bees needed the honey more than we thought because while we were away, they were flying into the dining room and collecting from the honey-filled deep. We decided it was time. On Wednesday, Mike, Deb (formerly Queen Ma) and I suited up to add the new deep.

Ready to smoke em

Suited up

Of course, we had to smoke them before we started.
We didn’t do a full inspection because there had been a tornado watch/ potential thunderstorm brewing in the area. Bee’s can handle the hot weather but they despise being damp. The last thing I wanted was for the hive to be caught in a storm without the lid on. Mike was careful not to squash any of the bees. A dead bee gives off a smell that can alarm other bees. We still have 0 on the sting count and I’d like to keep it that way for as long as possible since I still don’t know how I’ll react.

I am excited to do an inspection before the bees make moves into the top deep. The last thing I want to happen is to have a swarm like the one that happened in Little Italy because the bees don’t have enough room.

The addition to the hive


3 Responses to “In Two Deep”

  1. ry June 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Bees in bk…Impressive…I work with a guy who has a legit be farm?swarm?hives? In west jersey….never would have expected it to be a popular hobby

    • jnsilva2 June 7, 2011 at 9:09 am #

      it is becoming a fashinable thing to do in ny. we’ll see if the bees make it through the winter. good to hear from you. glad you are reading the blog!


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