|Waiting for their new home|
|One of the queens in her cage|
|A package of bees|
|Boiling some water|
|1:1 ratio of water to sugar|
|Donning the suits|
|The cage is to keep the bears out|
|Putting the package of bees in- calm them by spraying with sugar syrup.|
|Removing the cork from the queen cage- I was rolling up the little marshmallow that the workers eat through to get to her.|
We took the bees over to the hive and pulled out the feeder can (that was there to keep them fed during their trip from Cali to Wisconsin) and then take out the little queen cage. You pop the little cork out and quickly plug up the hole with a tiny marshmallow. The workers will chew through the marshmallow and release the queen in a day or two. Enough time for the worker bees to accept her and let her start to get going on her queenly duties. Which is to lay eggs for more worker bees.
|Reassembling the hives|
|Let the shaking begin|
|Shaking in the second package of bees to the other hive|
So some of the trays of honey comb stuff are taken out so you can get as many bees as you can
into the bottom box. By shaking the little suckers out. Once a bunch of them are in the box, the MA decided the rest could find their way there, so he laid the package they came in front of the hive. We then reassembled the hive and put the feeder bucket inside so they can eat. Then we repeated the process with the second hive.
|Sugar syrup bucket- which we have to relevel a few times|
|Bees leaving the package and entering the hive|
It was interesting to see a line of bees by the entrance to the hive fanning to cool the place off. And to see the bees crawling in and out of the restricter we put at the entrance. This is to keep robber bees out, but we don't have honey in the new hive, so I am not sure why that thing went in. but oh well. I didn't do a lot of research on this, I just learned alot by listening and a little quick reading. I am the official recorder of the hive- but Bob the Barber was there when we hived them- so he took some pictures. Don't you love the stylish white getups?? The bees were very docile. It was not worrisome at all to be with them.
It was a fascinating process!
|These guys were all lined up fanning outside the entrance|
A new way to find some joy- and some day maybe a little honey!
**A little footnote- we do plan to over winter the bees.