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Installing package bees into a tbh

 
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Bleith
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Location: West Dundee, IL. USA

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:11 pm    Post subject: Installing package bees into a tbh Reply with quote

Is it necessary to actually dump the bees into the hive? Can u just remove the queen cage, hang it from a top bar and them set the box of the package bees on the bottom of the hive and let them crawl out and start trying to release the queen. I understand there are a lot of natural bee keepers on this forum that may frown at package bees but I have had no luck in 2 seasons catching a swarm. So please don't pass judgement. Ha ha ha
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R Payne
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The package I bought (before finding resources and knowledge to get bees otherwise), I took the queen and hung her in my hive and set the package close to the entrance. The bees found their way in.

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Bleith
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I hived my packaged bees yesterday, I did dump them as gently as I could. They all quickly clustered around the queen which I believe is a good sign. I one entrance open at the moment and for the past 24 hours there does not seem to be any change in there behavior. Unfortunately there is not a lot of help for HTBH around here that I have found. Most beekeepers think I am crazy or interesting enough look at me with a puzzled face and ask "what's that". any guidance from here is always appreciated.
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