new beehives are started by ordering a package of
live bees, usually in the three pound size. Here in
the eastern part of the U.S., we get our packages
of bees from bee breeders in the state of Georgia.
A 3 lb package of bees.
these packages of bees is a can of syrup for the bees to feed
on during their trip and until they are
installed in their new hive. The can of syrup and the Quuen Cage are suspended from the inside of
the top of the wooden box ( the box has screening on the front
and rear sides for ventilation). The Queen and
the bees inside the box are originally from separate hives
and must be kept apart until their respective odors
mix and become one. If this is not done then the bees would
kill the queen as she is not one of them.
empty package that held three pounds of bees shows you the placement
of the syrup and the Queen Cage.
Click here to watch a video on releasing the Queen Bee from her cage
Click here to watch a video of package bees being installed
Updated January 1, 2017
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