Installing the bees........

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by Mutti, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. Mutti

    Mutti Well-Known Member Supporter

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    grand day for getting our 10 pkgs. of bees in the mail...NOT....pouring rain, expected to continue for three more days with temps dropping into the 40's....but the Gods were with us and got a break between downpours,raced out and got all ten in before the next cloudburst. Good thing DH has had alot of experience in the whole process....already had the hives set up with the feeders filled with sugar syrup...just a matter of shaking them in,putting the queen in and moving along. Surely not the best weather but with no hope of better in the next few days we went for it ! Daughter helped and also took a bunch of digital photos so,hopefully, will be able to post in the next few days. DEE who hopes you all have better weather than this.......
     
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    Mutti, How do you introduce your queens in your hives?
     

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    This is how my DH installs his queens....gently uses a toothpick to poke small hole thru the candy blocking the hole in the queen cage observing where the queen and her keepers are so as not to damage them. Then he places it between two frames with candy facing down. Some cages come with metal hooks to go over the top of the frames and you just hang it...otherwise, you push two frames tightly together to hold the cage. In two days or so be sure and check that queen is out...ours were all out and already hard at work with pollen in frames and drawing wax....very pleased!! In another 2-3 days check to see that the queen is laying eggs. You must feed feed feed when your bees are first installed for the best performance. We have frame feeders and they must be filled every 2-3 days so we do observe our hives alot.... but the bees don't care; just so happy to be at work :) DEE
     
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    Forgot to mention that you have to pry out the little cork in the end before the candy....oops. We're off to install the two queens that came to day to requeen last years colonies. Fruit trees,dogwoods,wild cherries,everything is blooming here and the one dogwood by our #1 beeyard is covered in bees. DEE
     
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    Thanks Dee,
    Had some success on requeening doing what was suggested by killing off the caged worker bees spaying with sugar water, then uncork and pierce the candy after she had 24 hours of introduction into the hive. Then, again put everything back together. Check and remove cage in a week. Thinking got to cut down on time, labor and reopening the hive.

    Timber