Monday, May 14, 2012
Releasing the Queen
Last Friday afternoon Sarah and I checked the hive to ensure the queen had been successfully released from the queen cage. It had been 5 days since we installed the package. The weather wasn't exactly cooperating. It was only about 55 deg F, but it was only supposed to get colder over the weekend, and we needed to make sure she was out, or free her ourselves. You see, the queen needs to start laying eggs as soon as possible because the clock is ticking on all the other bees. For the colony to succeed she needs to replace the dying bees, plus make more to build up the hive.