Securing a package

26 Feb

Installing a bee package/nucleusNot that I’ve ever had problems securing a burgeoning Springtime package before… but we’re talking about bees.

Between colony collapse disorder and nonspecific newbie floundering, a starter bee colony has been difficult to come by. Finally today, I received news that I’m solid.

Upon the advice of a local bee sage named T.J., I’ve ordered a #3 All-Star package from B. Weaver in Texas. Laura Weaver emailed me today to say that I’m on the list for delivery to Albuquerque in April. Rock star.

Until then, I’m trawling for bee videos on YouTube. Here are a few covering nucleus colony installation for your perusal and delight:

[photo from beemaster.com]

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2 Responses to “Securing a package”

  1. Altaf April 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    Great website, very resourceful. Thanks.
    I am in British Columbia, Canada and would be installing my first nucleus colony in the first week of June, there is plenty of flora sources at that time of the year.

    My question is do I have to place sugar syrup feeder in the brood chamber, or let the bees go on foraging to feed themselves?

    Your response would be greatly appreciated.
    Sincerely,
    Altaf.

  2. mistress beek April 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm #

    Hello! Thanks for visiting.

    Regarding your question, I’ve received conflicting advice. Some say to provide syrup until the bees stop taking it. (They’ll stop taking it when they find forage.) Personally, I don’t feed them after installing a package unless it’s particularly cold or cloudy.

    Let me know how your installation goes!

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