Heinen Hive

We removed a beautiful outdoor hive from the Heinen farm on Friday, September 29th.  Everything went smoothly (surprisingly) and we finished up in about an hour.  Our only worry was that some of the bees started moving into the tire as we were cutting out the comb.  We knew we would have a hard time getting them back out.  Luckily, Kenny was able to find the queen and we moved her into the box.  We left the box until after dark.  We went back and loaded the box and brought it home.  We released the queen on Sunday (10-1).  We didn’t stay in the hive too long, but everything looked good so far.

*I don’t have as many pictures as I usually do because I had to help attach the pieces of comb to the frames.

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Our First Swarm Removal

On Sunday, September 10th we attempted our first swarm removal.  It was definitely a learning experience!  The bees were located in a pine tree on our road in Fields, LA  (the REAL Bearhead Creek).  The owners of the property, Kristin and Demp Suchanek, gave us permission to remove the bees.  The first thing we learned was that it was a little too windy to try to move the bees.  We had to wait a while for the wind to die down before we finally got them.  The bees also swarmed on us twice.  Just when we thought we had them, they would fly out again.  We did finally get them and they are home with our other hives.   We have so many questions to discuss with our more knowledgeable and experienced beeks.  Our Bearhead bees act a little different than our other bees.  Hopefully this is not an indication of how Bearhead bees behave.  If so, we are going to be in trouble.

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What’s in a name?

Like most couples, Kenny and I often discussed dreams and ideas for our future.  Most of our future plans involve our property in Fields.  Affectionately known as “Ma’s House” by family and friends, it is our plan to live there one day.  We spend as much time as we can there.  Our conversations about chickens, ducks, goats, rabbits, cows, deer, turkeys, ponds,  gardens, etc. led to the decision to officially start a business.  We wanted all of our products and services to be associated with this business.  We made an appointment to get our paperwork going.

Then came the fun part…coming up with a name for our business.  Sounds like fun, right?  I thought so too.  It was actually difficult.  It was like naming a baby.  We wanted something that had meaning.  Something that encompassed all of our plans.  Something that was easy to say and easy to remember.

We thought about using a family name.  Our family had homesteaded the property a long time ago.  Did we want to name it after that family?  That would have represented the beginning, but did it represent where we were now?  We thought about using our last name.  That would represent the present, but it didn’t feel like it would show our growth and the future of our business.  Going with a family name just wouldn’t work.  There are so many families whose hearts have made an imprint on this land.  There was no way we could show all that love and history by using one family name.

Some of us also refer to this area as “Bearhead” or “Bearhead Creek”.  Bearhead Creek runs near our property.  We decided that the creek was a connection from the past to the future.  We knew that was the name we should use.  So we became “Bearhead Creek Farms”.

Bearhead Creek Farms Family

Spikes

Pierce

Cooper

Perry

Tucker

Desonier

Mears

Gore

Little

Perkins

Crabtree

Stratil

Vidrine

Pickett

Nash