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1st time bee-keeper. Getting my bees tomorrow. (2 packages.) So looking forward to learning more about bees. Got an observation hive built, but I think I'll start them in regular hives and move brood to observation hive when they get established. Look forward to learning from all of you.

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Welcome to BeeSource, and beekeeping. It looks like the spring blooms are about a week late this year, so you won't be too far behind with the delay in receiving your bees.
I hope you have a great start and a very productive first year.
 

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Thanks everybody! I got my packages this weekend. Installed on Saturday morning. Bought The Practical Beekeeper a couple weeks ago and did some serious cramming. Went top entrance, mediums, foundation-less, and mostly eight frames. My brother gave me 4 10-frame deeps that I cut down to medium. I chickened out on direct releasing them though. Checked on them tonight and took the cork out opposite the candy and hung both from frame. Calendar reminder to remove queen cage tomorrow!

The biggest kick I got out of the whole adventure was my 13 year old daughter's interest in them. She took a picture of one of the escapee's drinking syrup off her finger. She asked to suit up and help me install them. That was big fun.

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