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    Smile Installing package bees in observation hive

    I am first time beekeeper with a Bonterra swingview 10 frame hive. Any suggestions on how to install package of bees in the hive. I have seen some videos but just asking for advice. I will try to figure out how to post a picture of hive.

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    Just my two cents worth, but it might be easier to get them established in a regular hive first, then transfer the frames to the ob hive. Locate the outdoor hive near the place where your ob hive entrance will be, so when you move them, they are already fixed on that location. Keep them there for a week or two, until they have some brood, then transfer the frames to the ob hive.

    If you decide to install the package straight to the ob hive, I suggest adding a frame of brood from another hive so they're enticed to stay.

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    Installing bees in an observation hive:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnewbees...bservationhive

    More on observation hives:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesobservationhives.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    Thanks for the good advice. I think I am going to try Mr. Bushes method that he had in the next post. I don't know if I will actually release queen b/c the hive has an access that I can pull out the cage after the queen gets out. Wish us luck !!!!

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    Installed bees today. Everything went great. A lot off bees went on the ground as we dumped them in hive but we just let the glass panel open a little and they crawled right in. Within @ 15 minutes most were in the hive. We then moved hive indoors, opened up the entrance and by dusk all were in! Temperature dropped a lot as night fell and they were all clustered in hive around the queen and the feeder. Hope all goes well tonight as tomorrow is supposed to be a nice sunny day! Couldn't believe how docile and calm they were.

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    observation hive.jpgHere's the bees in the hive

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    Wow! That's a big hive! I hope you have help carrying it outside!
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    i'm in love with that hive already.
    Thomas Bartram - Since 2013, 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    That is on my to do list after the nectar flow slips away. I'm happy my husband agreed to having one in the house! Four years ago, he barely agreed to me getting bees. I'm flip flopping on putting it in the living room (where the lighting is so/so) or in the empty bedroom (lighting is better, but not always there to peak at).

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    You can save $100 or so a month by putting it in the living room and canceling cable/satellite... There's always something good on bee tv.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    Wow, nice!

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    Quote Originally Posted by kelkenberg View Post
    observation hive.jpgHere's the bees in the hive
    Where in NY are you?

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    Default Re: Installing package bees in observation hive

    WNY outside of Buffalo. 3 days since package install and 4 top frames(2 each side) are substantially covered with new comb and are showing a clear liquid in the cells would that be nectar or the beginnings of honey? It also appears queen has left her cage but we haven't spotted her yet. We had two really nice warm days and the bees were flying like crazy and coming back loaded with pollen. Its truly amazing how fast they work, how clean they keep the hive. They have drank almost a quart jar of 1:1 syrup since the install. Colder week coming up but hopefully they will be fine drinking from the feeder. I don't know if that link will work or not still learning this website, Thanks for all comments. We went with the bigger size hive hoping for better luck with hive not wanting to swarm as much and to overwinter. My strong son helped carry it inside to mount. Very happy with the Bonterra designso far... Time will tell

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