So I got my first package of bees in the mail this morning. These bees were put in the mail on Saturday. It is wednesday. Think they were a little tired and hungry? I assumed they would be and gave them some honey. I watched them start eating it right away. After giving them about two cups I decided it was time to hive them. So here is the second kick in the pants. It is raining and stormy here today and it will be tommorrow. I decided it was best just to get the girls into their new home so they could go to the feeder and start acclamating to their home during the bad weather. I direct released the queen and dumped out the bees. They were NOT happy. buzzing all over me, box, etc. I got most of the girls out. Put in the rest of the frames, put the hive top feeder on and closed the top. I started walking back to my pole barn and had to keep shaking bees off. They didn't seem aggressive, just maybe lost. They were clinging to my hood, and suit. Got in the pole barn and couldn't see or here any more bees. So I took off my jacket and there must have been a few attatched to me still. I took one in the love handle through the shirt and one to the back of the hand.
I learned three things. First I am not allergic to honey bee stings!!!
Second, when ordering package bees in Jan/Feb. make sure the weather is going to be nice when they arrive or try and reschedule there arrival.
Third, have my wife check my suit for bees before I take it off just to be sure.