The supers have arrived!

Woo Hoo!  Earlier this season we picked up our supers and other equipment from Joe over at Country Barn Farms.  He’s a fantastic resource for anyone who has questions pertaining to raising bees.  He also sells equipment and local queens.  Highly recommend.

Unassembled beehive supers
Lots and lots of pieces

As you can see , everything arrived unassembled.  So we rolled up our sleeves and got to work assembling supers and frames.

Finished frame with white foundation
Finished frame with white foundation

We opted for frames with foundation so that there’s a base for the bees to start.  Black foundation for the brood frames (where the queen lays the eggs), white foundation for the the honey frames.

The kids also got in on the fun.

Kids building bee supers
Our oldest wielding a hammer

As much as we’re using our first few hives as a learning experience for us, we’d also like it to be a learning experience for the kids.  So I put the boxes together, glued them, and put the nails where they needed to be, then the kids went to work.

 

 

By the end of the day, we had everything assembled and ready for the next phase… priming and painting.

Assembled supers
Ta-da!