I am a twenty something living in New Orleans and I just started my first bee hive in April of this year. I read that you should keep a log of your bees and since pen and paper sounded so old fashion, I decided to keep a blog about my bee keeping adventures, a Bee-Log if you will – b’log.
My bee keeping interests started six years ago when I helped my friend Peach harvest honey with his dad in Kansas. Back at school, Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, we decided to start a bee keeping club of our own. Hendrix College was the perfect place for a bee keeping club, we got tons of money from the student activities fund and had over 40 people sign up at the club fair (which is a lot considering Hendrix’s enrollment is around 1200 students).
So that was the beginning of my bee keeping experience and I have wanted to keep my own bees since I left school. I bought a house in New Orleans last year and I knew that this spring there would be no more excuses.
I bought all my wooden ware and hive stuff from Betterbee. It took me a month or two of calling around to finally find some bees. I bought my bees from a bee exterminator, Jeff Armstrong, who is really just a bee mover: taking bees from peoples houses and bringing them to a new home. Jeff was wonderful and has come by to check on my bees twice now.
About my bees.
My first hive, named Delilah, may be the calmest bees I have ever encountered. They seem to know I am new at this and they are very forgiving. I started this hive in late April and Delilah has been very good to me, although I have been somewhat of a disaster. Feeling like an experienced bee keeper with three years under my belt, I really jumped right into this adventure, but I have to say, bee keeping alone (as apposed to having 20 club members around) is much more difficult and has lead to some pretty stupid mistakes.
I started my second hive, LaDonna, was established in early June.