***This is not for the faint hearted or probably new beekeepers.
1. Use a "lip" as mentioned in another tipaday.
2. Shake the bees into the hive/lip.
3. Pull the cork from the queen package& drop the package onto the hive/mass of bees.
4. Cover quickly!!
Yesterday's beautiful 65 degrees had the bees flying and coming back loaded with pollen. Tracking it down led me to the low areas where the tag alders grow. Out of the wind and in the warm sun, the bees were all over the alders. You could set back and watch the activity and here the hum/buzz in the air. For my bee keeping friends here and downstate that don't think alders produce anything for bees--here is a picture!! Yes that is snow in the background. Pussy willow and Maple blossoms will not come until the 1st or 2nd week of May.