Well, the hiving of my Italians couldn’t have gone more smoothly! No stings or any other type of bad mojo!!
I wanted to wait until my yard guys came and mowed, but both my bees and I were getting anxious! It’s supposed to rain tomorrow and it was already getting cloudy. I decided to go ahead and install the package at 4:30 pm EST.
I used the Michael Bush method of hiving a package. I don’t spray the bees with sugar syrup and I don’t smoke them. I wear my full bee suit and make sure I have a big bottle of Chardonnay chilling in the fridge for afterwards!!
I dumped all the bees in the bottom of a medium super and then opened the Queen cage and put her down there too. I’ll retrieve the cage when I open up the hive again in three or four days.
Then I carefully placed all of the frames in the super, making sure they were close together. I use a hive top feeder, so that went on next, along with sugar syrup.
I don’t use an excluder and I don’t close up the hive. I’ll use an entrance reducer until they get settled and the colony gets strong enough to defend itself from robbing insects.
That’s it! They were gentle and cooperative, as advertised! I love them!!
Now it’s Chardonnay time!!