The Bees are Here!

“May the roof above us never fall in and may we good companions beneath it never fall out.” –Irish Blessing


 

What better way than to welcome my bees to their new home than with a well said blessing!  I certainly felt they earned it after their trek from California all the way to Minnesota and the journey back to the farm.  (With my driving skills they probably should have had multiple blessings!)

Again, I was extremely nervous/excited.  My bees were finally within my grasp (nicely crated and ready to be installed), but what if I wasn’t ready?  Too late for those kind of thoughts; best to proceed, learn and enjoy the ride. 

 

The Video Explanation

I think the best way to fully describe the bee pickup/install journey is with a video.  The truth is, I’m having a hard time putting into words my thoughts, emotions and even just what I did that evening.  It was a nerve-wracking/fun filled, educational time.  I’m not even trying to be overly dramatic with that statement.  In the video you will see me shaking, not necessarily from fear, just from emotion. Okay, maybe a little fear.  What if I tripped and knocked a hive over with my klutziness?

 

Nothing to Fear

I can fully say that everything went smoothly, despite Beatrice having her own plan, despite my fumblings.  What I thought would be more chaotic, went relatively well.  My bees are now in their new hives and ready to do the bee stuff.  Let’s get this season moving!

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “The Bees are Here!

  1. William Paronish

    So cool! This is my first year with bees and I went thru the same excitement and pleasure with my first hive as you did. My first queen thankfully did not escape so it kept my stress level at least manageable. My girls from the first delivery are thriving and going gang busters on my blossoming fruit orchard. That was my bee hive starting high! The LOW followed when my second box of bees arrived a week later and I met the delivery truck on my driveway as it drove in fully ready to rock again. Sadly, all my bees, including my queen were dead. Not sure what happened in the same day delivery process but obviously it was something very very bad. I’ve been very sad since that day up until I got to see your video today and your excitement has me on the mend. Supposedly, a new batch of Italian bee’s will be coming soon as a replacement but I hope and pray they get here safely. I will never again order bees by mail. You did it the right way. Congrats!

    Doc Bill Paronish

    1. Krista

      Hello!

      Sorry to hear about the second delivery of bees not making it, but I’m very glad that you have found amazing success with the first hive (awesome job keeping the queen in check!) Thank you for your kind words and reading the blog, it’s good to hear from other first year beeks and encourage each other. We got this! Best of luck in all your beekeeping endeavors!

  2. Kirk kubik

    Krista It was nice to see you install looked about like my install less the mentor. I am a first timer as well and my first queen got loose too. Luckily it was about 53f that day and she was easily shood into the hive but I wasn’t certain until a few days later when I made my first hive inspections. All is well and now nearly a month later all is really well. Thank yo for your blogs they have helped me feel right st home with what I’m experiencing too this first year

    1. Krista

      Hi Kirk,

      I’m glad to hear all is going well with your bees and that you prevailed despite some bumps in the road. I think the hiccups that happen during the install process should be looked at as just another learning opportunity. Next time I know that the Queen may be a lot quicker than anticipated, be ready!

      Thank you for your kind words! It’s awesome for me to know that I’m not alone in the crazy amazingness that is first-year beekeeping! Best of luck!

  3. HankB

    Question
    Why did you shake the bees into the box?
    Why not just open the box and set it gently into the hive
    Placing the queen in Between a separate frame
    When you sealed the front,how did the bees that were flying get back into the hive
    Just interested
    Thanks

    1. Krista

      Hi Hank,

      There is definitely more than one way to install bees. With the method we did in the video, this installs the bees quickly into the hive in one go. I do not have to re-disturb the bees to remove the box I can just leave them until the first hive inspection. I know the method looks violent, but the bees for the most part come out unscathed and will not be disturbed for at least a week or two. This gives them time to adjust to their new settings.

      As for blocking the entrance, the bees quickly remove the grass (in the video they had already removed it by the end of the install) in less than 24 hrs. Any bees that are left outside the hive are not really hindered that much because the block is quickly removed.

      I want to reiterate that there are a lot of ways to install a package, one method may not be the best fit for every beekeeper out there. You just have to find what works best for you, your bees and the situation at the time. Thank you for reading the blog and I appreciate your comments! I hope I cleared some things up!