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One of my new beehives

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Uwe in USA
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 2:49 pm    Post subject: One of my new beehives Reply with quote

on 4/21 I installed my two new Beehives. It was the first time I installed bees. I was kind of nervus but I did it.
One thing I did different and that was my mistake or because I didn't know better. So forgive me.
The one that is not doing so well and is just clustered on one comb so far, is where i openend the wrong plug side. So the queen was able to get out right away. I know they say that they need time to get used to the queen that is why they let them chew through the candy. i understand but on the other hand they have been around that queen for quite a while in the original package.
I didn't know there where two sides to open.
Any way they are not doing well while the other is already on its 7th comb.
What cann I do??? help...
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