Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Girls have arrived


We picked up our two packages of bees at the apiary at 8:00 am, it was <50 onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ARQ0WdGrjYU/S8DlTWzgSeI/AAAAAAAAAHY/UN2Sun5_L1Y/s1600/100_0369.JPG">The Queens are each in their royal chamber (cage) with their ladies-in-waiting to feed and care for them until the release






Father and son checking out the Queens.



It is cool outside (<50 onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_ARQ0WdGrjYU/S8DkbJNB8GI/AAAAAAAAAHI/OakqFNJU0iw/s1600/100_0371.JPG">










Now they are warmed up and buzzing. Time to open the packages and put the bees in their new hives.
Ready for action.




The package has a can of sugar water inside to feed the colony during the transportation.










After removing the lid and the feeding can they all want out. We are ready to set the package down into the hive.






Opening the second package












OK, so I had some help.












They are coming and going and learning their way around the new hive.
The installation procedure went smoothly and all the bees are now exploring their new hive. We put sugar water in a feeder on the top of the hives. We will wait several days for them to settle in before we open the hive and check on them. It is tempting to sneak a peek but we will wait so as not to upset them.

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