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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
To day I picked up 4 bee packages from a near by beekeeper. A bee package is a small screened box with 3 pounds of worker bees, a caged queen bee, and a tin can of sugar syrup so they can have something to eat on the trip up from the southern states. And is one of the ways to start new hives.
a package of bees is about 9000 bees
The four bee packages waiting to be in stalled in hives
Me taking the bees out to the apple orchard where I set up their new homes
Getting the bee smoker going
Shaking the bees out of the box and into their hive
This is one of the queen cages it is designed to slowly release the queen. It has a plug of fondant candy that the bees eat to let the queen out.