Bringing the bees out

Right now, most of my mating nucs are up around our house.  Very convenient, but they have to fly over the bean field to get to food, and there are a lot of bees around the yard.  The nucs at the house are all on bricks and landscape timbers - hard on the back.   I designed some stands that would allow me to stand when I pull queens, and that are sturdy enough for the sandy hill.   Ben bought the steel and welded them up, and we put the bees out on the Sand Hill.  

 

 The first load of mating nucs headed to the field!

The first load of mating nucs headed to the field!

 The stands - awaiting their nucs.

The stands - awaiting their nucs.

 The nucs up and ready for cells!  The green part behind is wetland that is part of the restoration.  Frustratingly wet still - no planting date set.  

The nucs up and ready for cells!  The green part behind is wetland that is part of the restoration.  Frustratingly wet still - no planting date set.