Sunday, April 12, 2009

E.V. hiving 2

The entrance reducer is set to the smallest opening so that the hive, which is underpopulated in the beginning, can defend itself from raiders and robbers as it gains strength and numbers through the spring. Always set the opening up, so that it doesn't become clogged with dead bees.
Pry off the top of tha package. take out the queen cage, make sure she's ok.
Then a bunch of heads intervened so I didn't get a shot of the pouring, but you smack the package on the ground to settle the bees to the bottom of the box and pour them into the hive. You can open this picture up to see them inside the hive already.
Afterwards, people went to pick up their bee packages. It was a cold morning, and early, farmers' hour, so very few people were on the street. I wonder what it might have been like to wake up and look out your window and see about 20 people clustered around a pick-up, picking up these strange, dark packages.

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