> Each package had four pounds of Carnolians and a queen.
More likely four pounds of Italians and a Carniolan queen.
>The bees didn't seem to like this as much as during the day and the buz was incredible! I had unhooked the queen cage and hung it from the two middle frames once I had replaced them.
I don't know why the books tell you to do this. A direct release works better... But that will work.
> Put the queen excluder on
For what? I suppose it's a place to store it, but I think I'd put it above the inner cover for storage so it doesn't get burred or propolized. Better yet, I'd put it in the garage and someday a few years from now you might actually need it.
I wouldn't go out just to move it, but next time I'd put it above the inner cover until you actually have some supers and they are actually starting to draw the supers. Then, if you insist, you can put it on top of the brood chambers with the supers above that.
> the inner cover and then the outer lid. I did this with each and went inside happy that everything seemed to go so well. Once inside I checked out the two stings I got, one on each wrist, which didn't seem worse than a mosquito bite. I was relieved as I didn't know what my reaction would be as I have'nt been stung since childhood, and even then wasn't sure if they were bees.
The next ones may be even less or more. And the ones after that will probably be less. But every bee sting is different.
>i noticed the pollen patties sitting on the table staring at me...
They probably won't use them anyway. There's fresh pollen out there.
>The lound buzz was gone, and they had more of a gentle murmour, ah lovely sound.
Yep. They're home.
Sounds like they are settled in.
It's probably too late for you now. You sound like you're addicted.