“But I always say, one’s a company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party.” –Andy Warhol, American Artist
After breaking the sad news in my last post that I lost both my hives during the brutal winter, I vowed to get back on my feet and dust myself off. No time to dawdle though, the next beekeeping season is quickly approaching and I need to be ready. Time to order those bees!
Italian, Carniolan, Saskatraz?
This year, I have three options as to what honeybee breeds I would like to try in my hives. Last year I kept two Italian hives as they were the only option given. Now I have access to not only Italians, but also Carniolans and Saskatraz. I’ve done some research on these breeds and have found that all have some positive traits (and a few possible pitfalls) that I should consider. However, being only in my second year I’m not sure exactly what is the right fit for my beeyard, skill level and situation. Or if the breed of the bee is really that big a deal anyway. However, the time is down to the wire to get my order in. So I’ve made an executive decision: why not try one of each?
The more the merrier…
For those keeping track out there, I did mention I had two hives this last year. That’s two hives that already have comb built on frames and are just waiting for some new residents. But if I want to try all three bee breeds this year I have to add another hive to my apiary. Which gives me another learning opportunity: I can compare the progress of the bees on the already built comb vs the bees on brand new foundation.
Let’s get creative!
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve got quite a few tasks to tackle before my 3 packages arrive. The bee yard needs some maintenance (maybe some upgrading but that will be another blog post), getting all my equipment checked and ready, and setting up the new hive are just to name a few of them. Despite my list though, I can’t help but want to add to it with a creative project. This year I want to give my new hive some creative flair: a pretty paint scheme. I regret not adding a little creativity to the exteriors of last year’s hives, but I certainly won’t pass up this new hive’s blank canvas. You can be sure I’ll keep you posted for the big reveal!
In case you’re curious what my new hive setup contains I’ve left a list below:
Krista’s New Hive Setup List:
Do you have a preference for a particular bee breed? I’d love to hear about it, leave me a comment below!