The phone call we had been waiting on finally came! Pick up day for the honeybee packages was finally here! We packed up the kid and a stack of sandwiches for a picnic lunch, and headed out on the hour and a half drive to Lookout Mountain above Gadsden, Alabama to get our bees. We had prepared our hive boxes, organized all of our equipment, and I even bought a fancy pressurized spray bottle for their sugar water bath. We prepared mentally, because let’s face it, no matter how many times I do this, dumping a box of 15,000 to 18,000 honeybees into a hive box is, quite frankly, terrifying. We watched our favorite hive installation video as a refresher (thank you, Kelley Bees – you can watch it HERE), and made sure WE. WERE. PREPARED.
What we did not anticipate was the terrible weather we would have that day. The old adage “March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb”, apparently does not apply to north Alabama. While it was not rainy, it was cold and WINDY. No worries, though. I gave the girls a sugar water bath, and we waited until morning.
The next day was beautiful and perfect for installation. We opened up the boxes and dumped them all in, just like the video above instructed us to do. We rubber-banded the queen cage to a frame, put their sugar water on the top cover, and then left them to their new digs. As bad as I wanted to stay around and just watch them do their thing, it is best to get the job done and move on so as not to stress them out any more than being violently dumped into an unfamiliar box of frames.
Cross your fingers for me. This was the point where one of my queens died last year. I’ll let you know how they are doing in my next post.
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