I drove to Lynchburg, VA yesterday to pick up my new bees (110 mi each way), three packages of them. It was a beautiful day for the drive and it was all state roads, no interstate which made it a nicer drive, rolling hills more things to look at not just drive dead straight for a couple of hours. I have not gotten packages before and was a bit nervous about loading them into hives. All three packages seemed to be very active, healthy and with very few dead.
I called John up to get any last minute pointers that I might have forgotten and went outside put on a veil (to keep bees from getting tangled up in my hair and beard, which can be very distracting) and opened and dumped my first package. This is me putting down the package sfter dumping.
It all went well, no stings, but I did do one thing wrong. And this could be a big one. The first queen cage I removed the wrong cork (8(l) DOH!
Chalk it up to being a bit nervous at doing this for the first time and never having seen a queen cage before, it's so darn obvious and I missed it. Well I hope it works out ok if not I'll pull a frame of brood from C3 and let them raise their own queen.
I am trying for the first time and haven't seen any posts on them yet EZ Frames from Dadant, does anyone have experience with them?http://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=614&osCsid=24612717f0b8cb71a12b188b8ebc3fc8