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  1. Bee Forum
    Hi bee friends, My daughter and I installed a package of bees into our first hive on Friday. Even though the attendants in the queen cage were dead (the Italian bees were shipped from Georgia, a 5 day trip), we opted for delayed release (cage between two frames at the top of the box). We live...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    This question is probably too late for myself, but hopefully someone else will learn from it. Installed my first two packages today, and put the queen on the bottom of my top bar hive per things I had read. Unfortunately before install I had NOT read that the temperature needs to be (and stay)...
  3. Welcome Forum
    When I install my package - should I remove any Nurse Bees that are in the Queen cage wth the Queen? Before I hang the cage from my TBH.
  4. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I thought I would post my experience of installing a package. Top bar hive as per Michael Bush design. Top entrance. Received package - Arataki, NZ origin. Tube. 3 LBS of bees and a queen. Installed at dusk in about 12 degrees C. The bees had access to 9 bars which included 5 complete brood...
  5. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    When installing my bees I had a mishape trying to remove the cork in the queen cage, it ended up pushing it inside thee cage. When I checked today she had not gotten free but her helpers had escaped I jiggled the cage until the cork was out of her way and when moving it back to the hive she flew...
  6. Bee Forum
    Its been two days and I just realized I installed the queen cage with the side screens facing the foundation and the candy face down! I've read that the candy should face up OR down so I installed facing down thinking the bees would be more inclined to orient and chew upwards (hope the...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Hi all! I installed my first package yesterday and I think all went well. I am working with 8 frame, all medium hives, using foundationless frames. I put two supers above the super with frames to enclose the feeder (upside down bucket). When I went to install yesterday, I realized that the...
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  9. Bee Forum
    I installed a package of been on Saturday (2 days ago) using the 24 hour install method. Therefore, I put the package of bees into the hive on Saturday and removed it on Sunday after most of the bees had left the package. I put the package on the ground in front of the hive for the remaining...
  10. Bee Forum
    I installed a package about two weeks ago. However, I've actually only fed them twice because they were being robbed pretty badly. A local beekeeper told me that I may not want to feed them at all, which sounds good to me, but it contradicts everything I have read so far about feeding packages...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    This is a bit of a long narrative on my first inspection so please skip to the next thread if you wish. I do have a few questions I will put at the end for those that make it that far. :sleep: I installed a new package on for my first hive last Saturday and visited it today (Friday) almost a...
  12. Photo/Video Gallery
    SteveBee, buhbee & Bobzilla installing bees in Murfreesboro, TN during a break in the misty rain, Wednesday, 20 April 2011 at 62F. Greg
  13. Photo/Video Gallery
    Cedar-Glade Apiary near Lebanon, TN - 9 Apr 2011 Follow the link below to view a few snapshots taken Saturday, 9 April 2011. The fellow doing all the work is SteveBee. This swarm was captured in Rutherford County on Thursday, 7 April 2011 near the Honey-Sun Apiary, and installed in a top bar...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    I have one 5-frame nuc and one 3# package w/ queen due to arrive in mid April, and two new 8-frame medium hives with foundation in which to install them. When I install them I am thinking about taking one of the three frames of brood from the nuc (if the brood is fairly equally distributed)...
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