a couple things.
firstly, thanks Matt for taking the time to help.
secondly, the install was pretty cool. a great experience. firstly, i drove north about 1.5 and picked up my bees at a local bee supply place that i never known to exist…my package of bees rode shotgun with me in ford f150 and on we went. i included my family in the install and we did it mid afternoon…it was drizzly outside and about 50 degrees…so i figured that’d be as good as time as any. i wore a veil and a long sleeve white cotton shirt and some atlas fit gloves (don’t wear those)
i did have one helluva a time getting that can out of the package and i think it made for some angry bees when i did finally get it out. i chose poorly for gloves and did get stung…i didn’t have a bee brush and thought i’d use a large chicken feather…well that sucked so i used a new paint brush instead…i had used it earlier in the day to brush the package with sugar/water (2:1 ratio; per michael bush) and the small “cubby” paint brush worked like a champ.
while i was being stung (about 10-12 times through the gloves and a couple through my long sleeve shirt) i kept my cool and didn’t move quickly or swiftly…slow and deliberately. so i kept my cool and calmly set the package down and knew i had to take off the gloves i’d had on…i’d read somewhere when the bees sting you their little bee butts and stingers put out pheromones and that tells others to sting you there as well…so i calmly went and switched gloves…brushing bees off me as i walked away. that made all the difference. the bees were still a bit perturbed, but i went back to the hive with my new gloves and from there it went swimmingly. i took out the queen cage and began dumping the bees into the hive with 16 bars deep to allow room for the double feeder…and then i had asked the supplier how long the queen had been with the package…“going on 3 days” good enough for me…i direct released her into the hive …she is a marked queen…which doesn’t excite me all that much…but who knows…maybe in the years to come i can get a “natural” queen through swarming or what have you
anyways, i took my time placing the bars on the top and moving them slowly and waiting for the bees to move. closed it up and went on my way. the package still had some bees in it so i placed that next to the hive…at about 8:30 at night all the bees were in and hunkered down in the hive. i went out without a veil and went in the enclosure where i keep my hive and snuck a peak through the observation window. just amazing little creatures!!!
all weekend i just kept staring at the hive and watching and listening to the bees.