Starting a New Hive with a Mailed Package

Where do beekeepers get their bees from ? Well, some will have a system whereby they farm and split their existing hives, details of which we can discuss at a later date. A lot of beekeepers though, have no option but to ship in swarms of bees from other states or countries to replenish bees that have been lost over a long cold winter where many hives have perished. Added to this , of course, is the ever present threat of bee diseases.

Packaged bees can come from Western Australia and quite often these are sent to Canada and Northern USA. These bees can be housed quite simply with a well prepared hive and in no time at all they will be building up their numbers for a busy spring and summer. This video gives an idea of what’s involved.

More History of Beekeeping

This is another in the series of 1930’s beekeeping. No audio but the vision is sufficient to make out the whys and wherefores. What is noticeable is the care and attention that the beekeepers provide both for their hives and for the bees. Perhaps this is what is missing in our commercial striving for high volumes in production. Some have said that C.C.D. (Colony Collapse Disorder ) may be related to the stressing of the bees by our intense farming of hives. It’s an interesting point. Nevertheless, any beekeeper should enjoy watching this film from days gone by.