I was worried about working with my bees today but ended up having fun. I just have trouble with that darned smoker. Need to learn how to get it going for more than a minute. I worked with it 15 minutes before I went down to the hive. Still, at the hive it would go for a minute then go out. But as long as I moved away from the hive, tended the smoker when it went out, the bees were good. No rushing, just keep at it, sweat dripping.
I picked up a nice new young queen from NE Bees. They gave me an attendant bee on the outside of the queen cage with her. I took both bees into my car. A 30 min ride home, and after 20 min attendant bee decided she wanted to get out of the car. I stayed calm as she buzzed all the windows. I was on the highway – what else could I do. She wasn’t interested in me, but I kept my eye on her.
I think I did a good job installing the queen (I’ve done it wrong twice before). ….Remove plug on the candy side….stick the cage with screen side up into the comb in the center of the hive…move frames apart so the protruding cage fits…replace frame and reassemble hive. Simple, but took an hour with my smoker issues.
After I finished and sealed up the hive, of course my smoker was going good. It went for a half hour after I finished. I hated to waste it so I stayed and photographed (sweat dripping – 94F and humid) … pictures of the smoke, of the hives, of forager bees returning to the hive greeted by attendants. Bees are amazing!