Re: Bee Beginner: Day 5 Swarming
I have never heard of someone having so much trouble hiving packages. And you say you and your wife were stung multiple times fully suited? I generally hive packages with NO protective clothing other than a long sleeve shirt and I rarely get stung once. Did you remember to spray them generously with 1:1 syrup before dumping them? If you didn't spray them down good you probably would have a lot of bees flying. This could be why they clustered on the ground: because they never made it into the hive. If they are still in a swarm cluster I would try to hive them in at least two hives. How you'll do that is beyond my imagination. Maybe hive them all in one then split once things have cooled down. You're probably going to need to purchase more queens though, as I'm sure all but one will eventually be killed.
...This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.