Seattle beekeeper Tracey Byrne calls herself a “beepeeker,” a term that needs to go in the glossary. You may remember Tracey as the woman of many talents who also raises springtails on her bottom boards. This morning Tracey sent the following description of her recent package installation along with some instructive photos. Lots of us in the northern parts have yet to receive our packages, so this is a great reminder of an easy way to install.
It’s me, “Tracey of the Springtails”, with some photos of our easiest installation ever. We read your directions of how to let the bees do it, rather than shaking the box out, and changed it up a wee bit:
First, we had two packages to install, and four deep frames of honey from an empty nuc. We put two frames of honey into each deep, in with the already built out frames of our two empty hives. Then we just removed the can of syrup and the queen in her little cage, and set the box of bees on its side in the hive.
We replaced the cork with a bit of marshmallow, set the queen cage back in, and then put the cover on. (No need for the syrup.) We then let the hives sit for 2.5 days, and when we took the cover back off: empty box and empty queen cage! Yay!
Thank you for the tip. What an elegant (and lazy) way to load the hives. We loved it.