Just got back from a trip to California where I dropped off 6 hives. Made for a long trip, left Friday evening at 10:45 pm, arrived about 7:00 am. Unloaded, fed the bees, talked to the landowner for a bit, ate breakfast in Chico and headed straight back. Got home at 6:00 pm on Saturday.
My bee partner and I take our bees to CA currently to help them get a jump start on building up for the summer season. After a couple months we bring them back and split the hives into multiple hives with new queens. We are hoping for another great year down there since last year was a great success. The plan is to turn the 6 hives into at least 18 hives, possibly 24 since we added an extra brood box to give the queen more room to lay eggs in. We’ll see!!!
The hives are not in the almond orchards, they are in the foothills over looking almonds and citrus orchards. There is also plenty of manzanita blooming which the bees love. Last year they filled our feeders with comb and honey, so it will be interesting to see what we return to in April. I’ll post again with more pictures when we pick them up.
Christmas – Corvallis Honey
We wanted to thank all those who purchased our Corvallis honey to give as gifts! It’s a honor to be selected as a source for your gifts. We hope that you select us again next year. Have a great 2015!!!
A couple of of our hives in clover just north of Corvallis.
2014 Honey Season
We had a great season this year. We had hives at 6 locations that produced some great Corvallis honey. In fact, our dark honey took first place as the 2014 Oregon State Fair! That was exciting since it was our first year entering honey into competition.
Ready for Winter?
Our bees are ready for winter! We fed our bees to help them build up a supply of honey to get them through the winter. Hopefully they will be all nestled in ready to survive the long wet and cold winter.
Some of our hives will be taking an early vacation down to California in January and come back in April. We tried this last year and our hives came back packed with bees and were ready to be split into multiple hives. This year more hives will be going down.
Our first honeybee swarm in Corvallis for the 2014 season.
All the bees were totally covered with the pollen from these willow blooms. It was fascinating to watch them work this tree for days.
Check out the pollen sacs on the bees legs, they are packed!