Hi everybody! I'm just so excited I hived my first packages!
Last week I called about my 3 packages of bees and they said that because of the weather ( lots of rain in N. Ca) they would not be in until May 15th or so. Then, the very next day they called and said Surprise! my bees would be in Sat!
I hived them Sat afternoon in the rain, the weatherman said it was going to be worse on Sun and I didn't want to wait any longer than that. I sprayed the bees down with syrup and just poured them right in. I was a little nervous but it went really well! No stings even without gloves, although my husband got one on the hand while taking pictures of me working
. The queens were by themselves in a cage with just a cork and a screen (no candy), my supplier explained that they had just been packaged with the bees on Fri and instructed to leave her in the cage and wait to manually release her until Mon so they will accept her.
So Monday was the big day to go in the hives! What a rush. They were flying around a bit. Had my husband on smoker duty while I opened them up
. They seemed to buzz alot when smoked, maybe he was smoking too much? But it did help them calm down and they retreated between the frames. They were clustered all around the queen cage and busy making comb, it was so neat! I released the queens by taking out the staple and pulling back the screen. I was able to see all 3 of them walk right out of their cage and onto the comb. Hopefully they were all accepted ok! I am feeding them each with a qt jar of 1:1 syrup turned upside down over the inner cover hole and surrounded by a med. super. On Monday they had hardly drank 1/4 of it, I thought they would have drank more. I'm so excited to open them up to take a peek but my book says to wait a week. Why is this, just to let them adjust? Will it take a full week for them to build enough comb for queen to start laying? I am wondering when I can check them next and what I should expect to see. I think I'll open the top up just to check the syrup on thurs. Today was a nice sunny day and I kept going out to the yard just to watch them, they are so fascinating! I could see they were already bringing in lots of pollen from my orange trees! They must have a place to put it already? Thanks for any advice!