Yep! The bait hive is full of bees

Tied up the burlap bag for transporting the bees

Looks like it was home to a four legged critter or two

Keeping the bees warm on the walk home

Upon  her return from a goat walk this weekend, my sister informed me that one of my bait hives was FULL of bees.  Sweet!

Before the big “winter” storm that’s about to blow in Tuesday, I wanted to get the bait hive home and relocate my other traps to catch any more of the wild bees that are living in Arroyo Seco.

It’s best to move bees in the evening.  Just as soon as the sun went down, I was off to bring the bees home.   I was happy to find that the hive was a very decent size so it seems they’ve been there for awhile.   As soon as I got the bait hive home, I dumped them into a larger hive – not an easy task in the dark.    Any light and the bees start flying!   So did my best under the cover of moonlight.   I sustained a few stings but that’s all in the job.

Now, I’m off to batten down the hatches for a big, cold storm that’s brewing.


  1. Jeni Vandall says:

    Justin I am loving all the bee updates! I am in the process of getting my own hive started and love reading your post from a veteran bee keeper like you!

    • Anais says:

      @Jeni Vandall: Thanks! Glad you enjoying the reads

  2. Quail's Hollar Farm says:

    That’s great that you guys are able to locate and harvest wild bees like you did. I suppose for an apiarist to stumble upon an fully colonized baited hive is like for any normal person to stumble upon a hundred dollar bill. I’m surprised to see that no one was wearing veils or any type of cover. Our bees don’t mind stinging in the dark, of course we have found that out the hard way on several separate occasions. So walking briskly or moving them into another hive under the cover of night for us proves to be a rather difficult task. Happy apiary keeping.

    -Quail’s Hollar Farm

  3. steve says:

    Nice post Justin. Beekeeping sounds most challanging. Being a farmer in the city must be challenging in general. I am just guessing but I bet you would enjoy tractor work too! Next to looking after the pigs and harvesting the crop I enjoy working on the tractor. Keep the updates coming. Steve

  4. Jill P. says:

    I’m excited to hear that you’ve found more bees to replenish your hives. The fact that there are still wild bees around is encouraging. Maybe these will have the “right stuff” to fight off those pesky mites. Good Luck!

    • Anais says:

      @Jill P.: Thanks!

  5. James Gardner says:


    You all are my heroes!!! I am a country boy from North Carolina. My father reared me become a hunter gatherer if the the need ever made itself apparent. That time is now and I applaud your family for living the way that you do everyday of your lives. I lost my father four weeks ago today. He grew a great majority of his food when his health was good. He kept jars of food in one cabinet that was packed with food that he had grown years before. People would ask him to throw it out. He would just smile and say that it reminded him of the good old days.
    Growing up, I got alot of crap from the other kids in the area. Being black and doing the things that he reared me to do was not cool where I grew up. Didn’t matter to me. I continued to hunt, fish and work on my horsemanship. My gardening skills are growing. I hope that one day I can accomplish what you have.

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