Since we lost a hive this past winter, and actually it was just within the past three months, we decided to replace it just recently. We bought two extra queens which are pictured below so we could split a package. I had to bring the queens inside as they would call the other bees in the area like they did where we bought them. The man who sold them to us has been taking care of bees for 50+years. He doesn't need to advertise either.
The two packages of bees which one half of one package goes in one hive with a queen, and then the other bought queen goes with the other half. This gives us four new hives.
Hubby getting the smoker ready just in case.
We had the queen out, but there are always a few to stay in the box so we placed them next to the hive.
Since those photos we lost one queen, and the other bees probably went to one of the other new boxes. It is always interesting working with bees, and the bees from this man are so calm too. He offers quite a few classes which I am thinking about, hmmmm, I wonder where I could fit the time in!!!
By the way I received a package last week, my extremely busy week, from Louise in the UK. We did a floral swap so I'll get the pictures taken and show you what I got!