Sunday, May 5, 2013

Last Bee Installation

Finally, the day has come. Our final bee installation of the season. Third and final beehive! Woot, woot! Here we are getting ready to install the newest addition to our Brooklyn "apiary". This is the hive we ordered this year, and painted a bright, bright green!
Here is James, one of our beehosts, taking out the Queen and getting ready to place her in her new home!
Here he is pouring the rest of the package into the hive. You can see Paul's hand on the left spray down the package with sugar water.  The purpose of the sugar water spray is to calm down the bees, and to distract them while we pour them in.  Pouring 10,000 bees into a hive can get a little overwhelming of the bees, they get agitated, so the sugar water helps a lot.
All the bees in, welcome to your new home ladies!  We'll check on them in 3 days to ensure that the Queen has left her cage.  Can't wait!

1 comment:

  1. Hi! Sorry it took me so long to respond. I'm so busy at work these days! Anyway, thank you for the information concerning the bees.
    I was interested in the info because my boyfriend's daughter has decided to beekeep this year, (she lives in rural Wisconsin) and he actually made her a beehive. It came out really nice, but was very labor-intensive. (He had to buy a tool to make dove-tail joints!)
    I think if she needs another hive, he might like to order it for her. :o)

    Thanks so much for the info, and best of luck with your bees!


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