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Progress on the Kiaregi bees’ project

Currently the bees are in 15 hives and the other 15 are still in the store, yet to be transferred to the newly constructed apiary. Nonetheless there are reasons resulting to the delayed transfer which include: Bees multiplication and desire for a durable apiary.

Bees’ multiplication

Bees are currently multiplying, a process that is a determinant to the time to transfer the bee hives.  Even after the transfer some time is expected to erase for the hives to have enough bees. The table shows the number of days spent as an egg, a larva and as a pupa plus the number of days taken to reach full maturity for all 3 classes of honey bee.

 

Number of Days

 

Egg

Larva

Pupa

Total Days to Adult

Days to Maturity

Queen

3

5

8

16

20

Worker

3

5

13

21

21

Drone

3

8

13

24

34

 

Desire for a durable apiary

The falling off of the loaded beehives has led to the need for a firm apiary. Most of the beehives have been falling off after rains. Another reason that leads to the falling off is the weight resulting from the honey manufacturing process by bees. According to the group, one of the objectives of the project was to serve as a training centre to the members of the society. Falling apiary may provide a good illustration to the society. As a result the group has constructed a more sustainable apiary.

The initial apiary constructed holding beehives

 

The newly constructed sustainable apiary

The apiary has two parts; the upper part and the lower part. Each of the parts will hold ten beehives. The beehives are placed in an alternating format to ensure that the apiary is stable. The apiary will also have a fence around to protect the bees from interruption. Bees eat nectar and pollen grains to produce honey. Flowers will be planted inside the apiary to satisfy the bees with nectar and pollen. A water source will also be set up to ensure the bees have unlimited access to water.

 

Figure showing the two parts of the apiary

To reinforce the apiary all the posts are to be cemented, with sand and cement concrete.