Project Bees is preparing hives to distribute before the 3 lb boxes of bees (approx. 6,000 to 10,000 per box) are picked up from Dadant in Chatham Virginia on April 17th . Dadant Beekeeping and Honey Bees has been in business since 1863 and the family business continues to provide keepers like myself with heathy Italian honey bees (Apis mellifera ligustica) from a certified commercial operation in Georgia.
This season Project Bees’ hives will be located in various settings ; rooftop, backyard, and on a farm. It should be interesting to track the success of each hive, including, honey production, pollen, nectar intake, queen and brood, frames and comb and the basic health of each colony.
Things to think about – Bees’ Rules:
1 – Bees should be adapted to your location.
2 – Bees should be selected to your management style and technique.
3 – Bees should be resistant to pests and disease – treat your hive.
4 – Bees should have enough room for brood
5 – Manage swarming – know what to look for before it happens.
6 – Make sure there is enough food and water at all times.
7 – Keep excellent records.
8 – Isolate bees from other bees to avoid robbing.
9 – Seek continuing education and educate yourself on safety.
10 – Have an EpiPen on hand for emergency treatment of anaphylaxis.