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Suited up and ready to go.  Well ... I did forget to put my hood up until the last minute when Beth reminded me :-)  That would have been a bad start!



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I put the package in the shade while we got ready.  This morning when I got up, they were very quiet.  By the time we were moving them, they were very active and loudly buzzing.

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We had a few supplies set up.  A spray bottle with syrup to keep the girls busy.  Tools to get the can out of the package, and a baggie full of syrup to feed them once in the hive.

The idea was to pull out the can and quickly cover the opening until I could get the queen out.

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She is in her own miniature cage in the package.  I was able to extract her, but she was covered in bees.  We tried to carefully brush them off.  There was a cork in the end of her cage that I needed to remove and replace with a small marshmallow.  The idea is to not release the queen too quickly, but eventually, in a day or two, they should be able to eat through the marshmallow and let her out.  I pinned the queen cage to a bar in the hive so it is hanging from the top.

Next come the bees!

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After knocking the package on the ground to collect the bees at the package bottom, I dumped them into the hive.  They were .... well, not real happy with the operation :-)  Lots of flying bees at that point.  Fortunately, these jackets work really well and neither of got stung, although it wasn't from lack of trying!

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After all that, we put the bars back into place.  I put the baggie full of syrup on top and cut a few slits in it so they can access it.  This is only temporary.  we'll take it out later.

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After that, we closed up shop and moved away to brush the bees off of us.  We've kept a far eye on them most of the day.  They were flying a lot at first, but then they quieted down as it got cooler.

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All closed up!

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We peeked in the window just before dark.  Everyone was clustered up around where I put the queen. 

Now we need to let them sit for a while and see what they do.  So far they are doing well.

 


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