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Friday, March 18, 2011

There are 120,000 Bees in my Kitchen

When Julia and I arrived at my house we parked my car in the carport and opened all the doors and windows.  Maybe I would just leave it there, all opened up until tomorrow morning when it was time to go to S Georgia.

We went to lunch (in Julia's car) and worried about the bees - it was supposed to be 80 degrees today in Atlanta and what if they got too hot?  So over lunch, Julia suggested that I take them into the house two at a time, maintaining the nailed-together status.  Maybe, she said, I could slide them onto something like a cookie sheet.  Then it dawned on me - my pizza peel!  Nothing like re-purposing a kitchen utensil for a beekeeping purpose!

Here I am sliding two packages onto the pizza peel.

We did have to saw one set of four boxes apart (I'll duct-tape them back together in the AM) But otherwise they all came into the house easily on the pizza peel.

And then my kitchen was FULL OF BEES!  My dogs didn't know quite how to make sense of this.

One industrious little bee (see the lower right of the package below) walked all over the screen trying to find a way to remove a sliver of wood from their living space.

So here's how it sounded in my kitchen at 4 PM on March 18, 2011:

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  1. Anna in Atlanta10:44 PM

    Yep, you're a real nut. A 'honey nut', maybe? Thank you again for the package beelivery . . .

  2. That's a lot of bees!!

  3. Loved the sound of all those bees!

  4. I noticed the video said these were from Lula, GA. Were these, by chance, from Don? Either way I need to take a few hours to come down to his place and buy some.

  5. OMG! I love it. When I purchased my first package I thought that sound would be terrifying. Now here I am a year later and I love that sound. Very cool to have so many at one time in your kitchen.

  6. I absolutely love that sound...I am a new beekeeper in Oklahoma and am thoroughly enjoying your blog posts. I will be receiving two packages of bees around the first week of April and will be installing them in TBHs that I built.


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