Honey Bees at Winter’s Hill Estate

Getting the hives ready to put together.

Getting the hives ready to put together. There are multiple parts to a hive. Our bee keeper, Ryan Kilinski not only sets up and tends the hives, he also builds them.

The hive must be almost level, with just a bit of tilt to let condensation drain out.

The hive must be almost level, with just a bit of tilt to let condensation drain out.

Almost ready to transfer the bees.

Almost ready to transfer the bees.

In route he picked up the bees. During transport the bees have been eating sugar water from the cans hung into the boxes.

In route he picked up the bees. During transport the bees have been eating sugar water from the cans hung into the boxes.

The honeycombs.

The honeycombs. About 10 honeycombs are hung in each box frame. Several frames are set one above the other when the hive is complete.

Puts the frame in place.

Puts the frame in place.

Now dressed to handle bees, Ryan places honeycombs in the box.

Now dressed to handle bees, Ryan places honeycombs in the box.

The sugar water filled can is carefully lifted up and the bees shook gently into the hive.

The sugar water filled can is carefully lifted up and the bees shook gently into the hive.

The bees are not easily shaken off.

The bees are not easily shaken off.

Now the bees are lowered into the hive.

Now the bees are lowered into the hive.

The new queen is from a different hive and arrives in her own little container. A piece of cork is replaced with a bit of marshmallow. By the time the bees have eaten the marshmallow they will have accepted the new queen as theirs.

The new queen is from a different hive and arrives in her own little container. A piece of cork is replaced with a bit of marshmallow. By the time the bees have eaten the marshmallow they will have accepted the new queen as theirs.

Lowering the box into the hive.

Lowering the box into the hive.

Now the bees are carefully slid into place.

Now the bees are carefully slid into place.

There were lots of bees coming and going today.

There were lots of bees coming and going today.

Ryan carefully choose a site that was partially shaded for his hives. Having had a week to acclimatize, there is lots of activity! Come fall we'll have "local" honey.

Ryan carefully choose a site that was partially shaded for his hives. Having had a week to acclimatize, there is lots of activity! Come fall we’ll have “local” honey.

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Emily founded Winter's Hill Estate with her husband Peter in 1990.

Comments

  1. We love and appreciate this explanation of the bee hives set up…and we look forward to fall honey!

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