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Inspecting a new package

Getting your first package this spring? Here is a week by week guideline for managing your new package of bees through their first 8 weeks.

 

Packages of honey bees waiting to be installed

digital camera movie

Unlike Jeff, this is only my third year of beekeeping and this is the first year I installed my first package of bees. My first year of beekeeping I bought two Nucs, starting my second year I had one hive left and was able to split it and capture a swarm. I went into the winter of 2014 with 3 strong hives. Unfortunately like many beekeepers I only had one out of three hives alive this spring. I wanted to grow my apiary and package bees were my best option.