New bees and honey for allergies…

Beekeeping

We finally got our new bees on May 7th.  The boys and I headed up to Coeur d’Alene on April 23rd to get the bees (1 1/2 hour drive one way) to find out that they were not there.  It has been such a cold and wet spring that they could not “shake” the bees out of their hives like they had planned.  So, Mark and I went back up on May 7 to get them.  Here is a video of me putting the bees into the hive…I am going to apologize that you have to watch me shaking my big, fat butt to get the bees in the hive…I really need to find a better angle to place the camera…
Got the bees in the hive and I released the queen a couple of days later…
I went back into the hive the next week and got the queen cage out.  I also checked the bars of comb and one of them had broken so I took it out.  I had to throw the comb away but I could see eggs in there so that is good and bad news.  At least I know the queen is laying (good news) but I had to throw out some of the brood (bad news).  

Honey for allergies…

I have read much about the benefits of raw honey and that it can be used to help with seasonal allergies.  I have read to take a teaspoon of honey starting a month before allergy season.  Mark has trouble every spring with allergies so we started giving him honey on toast a couple of months ago.  This is May 21st and things are finally starting to bloom (I think I already mentioned the cold, wet spring we have had).  The past couple of days he has been having some issues so we have started giving him the allergy medicine.  Honey has not been scientifically proven to do away with allergies but it seems to have helped him a little bit.  Also, there are just lots of great benefits to raw honey.  Here is a nice little article about it:  The benefits of raw honey
  


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