|Setting the foundation & hive boxes|
After I had a nice level spot, we placed the first box with the entrance facing the south. Then I put in the frames. To help the bees get a head start, we put a sheet of bees wax foundation in each frame. I then placed 5 frames in each box. Once we picked up our two hives from the "bee man", we needed to "bee" careful so we wouldn't get stung... (hehe, I couldn't help it). When we got home, we had to pop the lid off the box because inside is a special cage with the queen bee. I checked her out and made sure she looked good. She has a longer abdomen. She looked great, then I pulled the cork out of her cage. There is candy inside that the other bees will eat away to get to her. I then place the box of bees inside too. With my bee suit on, we pulled the lid off, placed a divider over them, and set-up candy solution for them in a second box on top. I covered this whole set-up with a telescoping lid, sealed it up for the night, and will go back tomorrow to remove the box and open up the hive so the bees can begin their work. By keeping them in for twenty-four hours, they will get used to their new home.
|setting the queen|
We did this and didn't get stung one time. Hopefully tomorrow will go as well! I'll keep you posted on that.
|We did it and didn't get stung!|
|Cutting the curds.|