I'm very pleased to write that we hived our first package yesterday. Weather was beautiful. [img]smile.gif[/img]
Though we had to hold them Friday and Saturday, my wife immediatly took to hand feeding them a few times a day. Not sure why, but they would quickly calm down when she approached the package (syrup or not).
I'm not surprised, she's been a 'nature girl' for the twenty years we've known each other. Just didn't know she could work her magick with insects too!
She was also calm enough to stand about 6-10' from the hive and take pix (without gloves, veil, etc) while I was working. Only one gal dive-bombed her, then proceeded to explore her ponytail.
We figured since the queen had been in the package for 5 days, she'd be o.k., so I went the direct release route. She paused on the edge of a frame, then skittered down onto the foundation.
Has anyone ever seen their girls had built burr comb around the top of the feeder can? Sure made it's removal more difficult than expected, I can only image what it would have been like propolised.
Must admit, opening that package for the first time, and seeing them "loose" almost made me lose my cool ; I quickly remembered the fear pheromones, assumed mental "Jedi mode," and let my curiosity take over.
...Then there was the little explorer that climbed up my t-shirt sleeve... a little smoke, and she flew off, no sting!
I can now personally vouch for the "keebeeping-with-a-buddy" system. Nice to have another set of eyes watching your "back side" for explorers.
This was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. Can't wait to take a peek next weekend!
\"It is an Ill Wind that Blows no Minds...\"