It was a bit scary to see just how many bees were sticking their legs thru that screen and the volume of buzzing coming from our new hive. Yikes - I remember having a panicky feeling that I was so not ready.
Then I got a smell of the hive as saw the girls fly out. I swear it was the smell that won me over. Beeswax and the hive smell gets me every time. If there is a Beeswax Anonymous, I am a candidate.
I picked up my new bees today - my lucky bees. We installed the package in the new hive. Thewhole idea of "installing" bees cracks me up. It sounds so interchangeable and mechanical that way.
Well, I am here to tell you it is not. The experience of pouring bees into a new hive is ... frankly exhilarating. Every set of bees has its own smell and temperament. These bees gave me a great feeling. I was expecting to call the new queen lucky but her name is really Trey - this is our third hive on the deck. Where once a single family home stood, we now have a hive development!
Welcome to the second year of beekeeping!