A Rainy Day in the Bee Yard May 7, 2013 by bbfadmin It was raining cats and dogs outside when I got the call that my colonies of honeybees had arrived. Loaded up my pick-up with newly assembled and painted hives boxes and headed across the mountain to Dividing Ridge where Gene from White Horse Mountain Apiary was pulling into his driveway, his truck filled with nucleus colonies of honey bees. Nucs consist typically of a queen and at least five frames of drawn honeycomb brimming with new brood and honey bees. Working under the cover of an open-air garage, Gene and I transferred 10 colonies of bees to my hive bodies or boxes. Returning to BumbleBerry Farms, I hauled the colonies one-by-one to the beeyard on the back of my quad-runner where I integrated the new colonies into my apiary. Bees settled, the work is done. Time for a glass of pinot noir and my hot tub.