I received this wonderful letter from a customer, and fellow honey bee steward, in North Carolina:
I wanted to let you know that I *finally* got my nucs this spring and installed them into the bee tree hives you made for me. These bees came from a family in NC who were involved in the early efforts to encourage strong genetics for mite resistance and they haven’t treated the bees on their farm for 12+ years. I was happy to coordinate a purchase of 21 nucs for our county and I brought home 2 for myself. :)
The bees seem very happy in the bee tree hives. I installed them with narrow foundationless frames and put a couple of water “elements” alongside them as we were having very hot weather the week they arrived and of course now are in full blown NC summer. They have been so gentle. I haven’t disturbed them except to watch from outside the hives and what I’m seeing are honey bees bringing in pollen and drinking from their water garden and I’ve see workers and drones as well as guard bees in action.
I’ve been reading Tom Seeley’s books and quietly following his recommendations as our beekeeping association is recommending lots of inspections and treatments this time of year. Thankfully my husband has become avidly interested in helping me so between the two of us we’re doing a lot of observing and photographing at the hive. It’s definitely a calming, fascinating thing to do.
We really appreciate the beautiful hives and the thought you put into the design for the bees. I’m intrigued with your newest preservation hive design and if we end up needing more homes for bees will definitely be a repeat customer!"
B.H. in North Carolina