I am a beekeeper now

May 11, 2017 (Last Updated: August 12, 2019) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Some of you may know by now that I am the kind of guy that might sink a ridiculous amount of time into a project. Many of these 3lb bee package“projects” could have quick results, but I tend to take the long route. Like when I got into craft beer and now keg beer at home. When I got into pizza making and ended up making cheese. The new thing is honey. just received my first bee package this last weekend and I wanted to share a few pictures and a bit about the experience. Now, I guess I am officially a beekeeper!

Was it hard?

Not really. Fortunately, I have a partner to share in the costs and labor. It is nice to have a person to talk about this stuff with and share information. That being said, it was not that hard. I mean really, it ended up being a process of picking up the bees and dumping them in a box. The set up and costs of the box were a bit to wrap our heads around, but we were fairly prepared before we went out there. Honestly, it could not have gone much smoother for these two new beekeeper fellas.

The site of our bees

We really got fortunate on this. Some friends own an organic apple orchard in North Dakota… Cottonwood Ciderhouse. I had expressed interest in bees a while ago and they had mentioned it would be good for them. Badda bing… badda boom…. Beekeeping with the apples.

pulling canWhat was the process?

Saturday, we drove to Mann Lake to pick up our 3 lb bee packages. It was really neat to see the pounds and pounds of bees in the carrying boxes. We made it back to our city and decided to wait the night.

The next day we went out and finished up setting the hives and then dumped the bees in. There was maybe one or two more steps in there, but that was essentially it.

I have since been back once to make sure things were going ok. And they were. So, I am a beekeeper a few days and counting.After dumping in the bees

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    May 24, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I love this! Totally enjoy your spirit with hobbies, very cool.

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      May 24, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks! The bees have been fun so far and it is cool to open up that box and see all the activity.

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    September 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    My dad used to keep bees in Yugoslavia before we emigrated to Canada. He used to talk about his experiences when I was little. I wish I had paid more attention to those stories. He’s passed away now but, every now and then, I buy comb honey and eat it and think of him. Have you considered making mead with your honey?

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      September 21, 2017 at 6:20 am

      Mead definitely is on the list (I already brew beer), but just not enough honey this year.

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