This is the best video I have ever seen on setting up a new hive with package bees. This guy’s technique for dealing with the queen cage is waaaaaaay simpler than anything we’ve tried.
On a related note, it’s been so hot the past couple of days that our bees are “bearding,” which is where hundreds of them hang around on the front of the hive, fanning their wings to try to cool it down. There were so many bees out there tonight that when Ron and I went out there to give them some sugar water, I could smell them from at least 10 feet away.
If there weren’t so many mosquitoes out there, I would seriously consider setting up a cot in front of the hives and sleeping next to them just so I could enjoy that fragrance all night. If you’ve ever opened a hive, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t … well, come over and suit up, and I’ll pop open a hive so you can experience it. It’s sort of like beeswax candles, but more potent and complex.