Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beekeeping: Hive Names

This photo was taken the evening we went to set up my bee boxes. It is strongly recommended that you set up a couple of days in advance so you are prepped and ready to release your bees the day they arrive.

While anxiously awaiting to meet my bee mentor and gathering everything I needed to set-up, Mr. B looked at me and said, "so did you grab the shovel and level?" Inquisitively, I looked at him and said, "No, we aren't digging anything up?!"

Well, remember when I mentioned that men usually know what they are talking about when it comes to tools or installing things? Well, once again, he was right. We drove up to the field where my bees would soon be living, set the cinder blocks on the ground and realized, we needed to make some adjustments. The front needed to be tilted forward for water drainage and the back needed to be level to make sure the hive wasn't off balance. With the hurricane force winds we are getting this week, I am so thankful we focused on making them as sturdy as possible. In order to do that, we needed that said shovel and level. #MrBWinsAgain

As for names, well, I put a status on Facebook yesterday asking for input from all my friends to help me name my hives. You may think this is odd request (my friends agree), but I figured if I need to keep track of my activity at the hive(s) and share stories on my blog, then it would just make more sense if they had names. Thank you for all of the input, friends. Honestly, you guys are full of creativity.

Please meet the "The Mile Hive Club" and "The Comb Dome".

Mr. B thinks it's inappropriate that both names have some type of sexual innuendo. I told him he shouldn't have his mind in the gutter all the time. I personally love the names. I mean, living near the Mile High City...The Mile Hive Club has potential as a future business name. Err, wait, maybe I am putting too much pressure on my bees. For now, this is just a hobby wild adventure.

The Sugar Shack, BSpot, and Hive5 were close seconds! If I enjoy this new adventure, and my bees thrive, and I learn I am not allergic, and keep my anxiety at bay...I may add a few more hives next year. That means, more names!

Thanks for the help, every-bee-dy. Dano and Dru, get a special shout out for naming the hives. You officially get dibs on the first second jars of honey they produce. I get the first!

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