I've watched the YouTube videos and the DVD from my bee-supplier. They all show a confident looking beekeeper turning the box upside down and -- POW!! hitting it against the hive to dump the bees out forcibly.
I can't do it. I've tried to see myself cracking that screen-sided crate against the hive, and I get cold shivers just thinking about it. The beekeepers say the bees don't mind. HA! How would they know? Did they ever ask the bees? If I were a bee, would I want to be slammed into my new home? NO, NO, and once again, NO!
Instead, I think I'll just move some of the frames out of the way, open the package of bees, and set it inside. They'll figure out where their queen is fast enough.
If you're an experienced beekeeper reading this and you think I'm nuts -- well, that's what the comment section is for. Go ahead and tell me I'm wrong. I'll listen . . . but when April gets here, I might not heed your instructions.
BEEattitude for Day # 50:
Blessed are the gentle.
One thing Fran is grateful for right now:
The run-off election here in Gwinnett County GA