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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:50 pm    Post subject: new bees Reply with quote

Looking for advice. I purchased a nuc of bees this past Friday. They were so pizzed off that within seconds of opening that box I was stung at least half a dozen times in the hand and a couple in the face as I did not have my bee suit done up correctly. I was covered in angry bees and being divebombed like crazy. I managed to get the queen into the hive and left them for the night. Saturday morning was more of the same so I went to Home Hardware and bought a smoker. I never really needed one before until now. The smoker helped a lot and I was able to get the bees into the hive and moved the frames away as I did not want plastic in my hive. Over the past couple of days the bees have settled down and today I went into the hive to release the queen. What I found was a lot of bees but no drawn comb. The caged queen was completely covered with bees and she seemed fine. Any idea as to why they would not start making comb? I decided not to release her just yet. I am afraid that if I did they would abscond. My plan is to go to and get a queen excluder and cover the exit holes for the next little while then release her. My question to you is whether it is to late to add back the frames I removed on Saturday from the nuc box. I would assume that any larvae may be dead at this point. Do you have any ideas for me? Thank you.
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