The timing of the extracted bee colony from the Rosin family home was perfect! Since we were scheduled to have our first annual apiary inspection the next day. We were eager to see what the agriculture inspector thought about the colony. The biggest questions, did we extract the queen? Was our colony strong enough to be a viable part of our apiary?
Our apiary is registered with the state of Florida, as required by law. Due to our acreage, we can have up to 10 colonies of bees at the Florida House. Due to our swarm collection, currently have 6 colonies.
Extracted Colony Estimated Numbers
The agriculture inspector estimated the extracted colony at about 1000 to 2000 bees. Because of the numbers, she referred to them as a small colony. I found it interesting to watch her work with the bees. We tend to be a bit more careful and cautious as we tend to the bees. However, she bulls right in to gets the job done. Philip said there were bees everywhere as she inspected our hives. Of course, no matter how long you work with bees, getting stung is part of the job.
Due to Philip’s diligence, we passed our apiary inspection with flying colors! We are officially a registered apiary in the state of Florida. Philip enjoyed learning from the agriculture inspector. Since she was able to give tips and information specific to our hives. Especially since she provided insight on how to improve our colonies.
Were we successful in Extracting the Queen?
Watch to see if we were successful in capturing the queen in the extracted hive.
Did you miss seeing how we extracted the colony from the Rosin family home? Find the story here: https://kowalskimountain.com/beekeeper-removes-a-bee-colony-from-a-house-naturally/
About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.