Last time I wrote, our only hope was to pray for a package to become available and in the middle of a chaotic work week Busy Bee Apiary in Chapel Hill let me know that some packages had become available on Friday. And I was like heck yes! I love this hobby enough to keep droppin dimes on it! My mom was going to be in town so the plan was to get off work a little early and meet her to pick up the precious cargo. Instead, I got tied up and Mom picked them up for me on her way into town. Thanks Mom! You’re officially a beekeeper’s assistant now. Especially since you didn’t freak out when one of the bees got out in the car. Heh. Sorry about that.
So for the second time in my beekeeping career I got to install a 3lb package, but this time with the assistance of my sister Shelly! You look cute in a bee suit, girl. My plan was to install them into the top box and put some newspaper between them and the stragglers below. I thought I would have to brush bees off each frame in the top box into the bottom box before I did the installation but there were so few bees up there we just stuck the newspaper down there, pulled out a few frames, gave them a good spray, and shook ‘em in. The queen cage is stuck between say frames 7 & 8 which are full of honey and as soon as a little poured into the cage they went right to it! Same with the rest of the package. I set a super on top with just a few frames and the package. I didn’t want them marching into the front entrance and getting into fights. And we stuck some sticks under the inner cover to make an entrance for the new girls. I think 75% of beekeeping is improvisation.
FRIDAY’S PACKAGE INSTALL AUDIO
Also here is a sneak peek from a very exciting Humble Hum project. More details soon!