Adventures in Beekeeping; Picking up my package honeybees

Posted by on April 19, 2014 at 9:07 am.

This morning, at 8:00 a.m.

 

Getting the honeybees

 

I was at Miller Bees, pickingĀ  up my package honeybees.

Millers Bees - Bee Chapel

Do you see that? It’s an actual beehive!

Package Honeybees - 300

There were 300 package honeybees set out in a large garage; Italians and Russians. I picked up my two orders of package honeybees and off we went. There were about 10 honeybees on the outside of the wire cage, but I told my daughter we’d be fine. They weren’t aggressive and they were trying to surround the queen.

Honeybees - Package Bees Installation_Queen

There’s the queen. This is a recycled photo from last years honeybee installation

The queen is new to these bees and so she’s in a tiny cage within the crate. If you want to read the story behind the above photo, go here, in that post I write about last years installation of my the package bees that were installed into a Warre hive. Last year, I was a first time beekeeper.

Honeybees - closer look.04.29.14

See the honeybees on the outside of the little cage? They weren’t concerned with us at all and they were busy trying to get inside the cage and stay warm.

It was a chilly morning, so these bees weren’t quietly moving about like the bees last year. They were in a tight huddle.

Checking out my Honeybees

Getting a closer look at our honeybees. On average you receive about 12,000 – 15,000 per honeybee package. These honeybees are calm, hopefully they’ll continue to be this way.

This morning, I believe it’s too chilly to move them into their new home. I’ll wait until early evening to move them into their new home. Here’s hoping they stay!

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