The post office called this morning to let me know our bees had arrived! I grabbed my bottle of sugar water, a dry towel, a wet hand towel and a flashlight. I am ready.
My instructions were to make sure there were no more than an inch of dead bees and to make sure the queen was alive in both cages. If I had more than an inch of dead bees or if the queen was dead then I was not to leave the post office without filling out a form so they could be replaced.
Eddie, the post master helped me shake the bee's down so we could get a look at the cages the queens were in. I'm glad I took the little flashlight as it was needed to see around those thick shadows of bees. After determining that all was well (there were only a few dead bees...I was really expecting a large amount) , and answering a few questions from curious folks inside the PO I took the bees outside, set them on the tailgate of the truck and gave them a good spraying with the sugar water. I was amazed how quickly they stopped buzzing and just mellowed out. I put my dry towel down in the floorboard and set the bees on it for the trip home. I knew I was going to be a sticky mess so my wet towel was for cleaning my hands.
When I got home I brought the box inside to show the Marine. I also needed to take another quick lesson on putting them in the hives. I knew how excited I would be and just forget everything I have been studying.
Papa Bear and I both suited up to install the bees as I did not want my first experience with the bees to be a painful one. I hope I get comfortable enough to only wear a hood cause that suit was boiling hot at 9am.
I did not take any pictures of us placing the bees in the hives but it went rather well except the first hive. I forgot to hold onto the tab of the queen cage and dropped her into the bottom of the hive and had to fetch her out. It was no big deal.
I just went out a few minutes ago and they are still buzzing all around the hive. I did not suit up...just wanted a picture. I got within 5 or 6 feet and a few landed on me while I took my picture. Not one sting today for this rookie....I am happy. Now we wait 5 days to make sure the other bees have released their new queen into the hives. We are starting with two hives but already know I want more!