There are 10,000 bees per hive. By July there will be between 60 and 80 thousand bees in one hive. AMAZING!
Equally amazing, Chris was holding the frames barehanded! Who knew, but you can pick up a bee with your bare hands. The ones with the stingers are girls (hmmm), and the boys (drones) don't have stingers (just fuzzy backsides).
They are gentle enough for a young gal, who happened to be watching, to hold. She is holding the boy who is stingerless!
|The Queen has been marked with a safe kind of "bee paint" (the blue lady in the middle) so that Chris can quickly identify her when he is checking to make sure all is well in the hive.|
If you look closely at the bee to the left, he's got pollen on him! Busy bee doing his job!
One of our followers on Instagram asked a great question...Do the beekeepers have to buy new bees each year. Chris replied, "For me, the most difficult part of beekeeping is over-wintering my bees. Losses around the USA are typically around 30% of one's hives. So, honey bees are designed to over-winter, and therefore, new bees would not be required each year unless they perished before Springtime." And, over-winter, means Octoberish to first Maple blossom (around April).
If you have any questions, Mike, Chris and Don are all willing to answer your questions. So, please post them below and we'll get you an answer as soon as we can get them away from the hives!