Things are buzzin’ around here. Yep, our bees arrived yesterday.
They arrive in little boxes with screens in them, like this. We drove about 30 miles with three of these “bee packages” in our back seat.
When we got home, we put them in the shade and got to work getting the hives ready.
Then, it’s time to open up the bee package. There is a can in the middle of the package with sugar water in it.
The first step is to remove the can.
Next, the queen bee resides in a nice little container within the package. Here it is with lots of bees hanging on.
Here is the queen’s residence cleaned up a bit.
And, here the queen is being placed inside the hive where she will will be protected and she will lay lots of eggs. Each hive has only one queen.
Now it’s time to get the other bees (drones and workers) into the hive. So, carefully, turn the bee package upside down and gently shake, shake, shake.
They need to have their nectar, so we then fill a mason jar with the sugar water…
…secure a cap with small holes in it so the nectar can drip out, and then place that upside down in a specially made container.
Then, it’s time to put the cover on the hive and let the bees get settled in and situated.
We bought three bee packages, so the steps above were repeated two more times. We have two Langstroth hives (more traditional) and Mr. Fifty Shades built a “Top Bar” hive which is a little bit different (on the right).
If all goes well, we’ll have some honey to harvest in about six months to a year.
Beelieve it or not, that’s what’s happening now at Fifty Shades of Green Acres.