I'm wondering how y'all get anything else done once you have bees. I installed my nucs-in not the best weather-and they were pretty gentle, didn't use a smoker or anything. Now I know I'm not supposed to peek, but I find myself walking out there and just staring. I've read posts on here where some talk about sitting in a lawn chair just watching their bees and I thought, Crazy. Well, here I am just watching them. :-D
When I walked out there this morning to get the nuc boxes I noticed they were really quiet, eerily so. I panicked and opened them, just the cover and peeked thru the screen to make sure they were still there. They were and doing there thing, I guess. By opening them did I do a bad,bad thing? ;)
Another thing. I didn't know that nuc boxes packaged the queen in a little candy box. When I was pulling out frames, a tiny box that was stuck on one of them fell to the ground. I paid no attention to it till I was all done with that hive and then when I picked it up I noticed that it had the queen in it. I wasn't prepared for that so I pushed the cork in (since I couldn't get it out) and set it on top of the frames. When I looked today, she was out of it. But on the second hive I sort of slid it in between the frames the best way I could. Is that ok?
Well, I'm off now. I haven't got my fix yet in a few hours but this time I'm taking a chair. 8-) :-D