This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shaking Packages

The season for package bees is starting in California.
Setting out queen mating nucs

Checking a new queen in a mating nuc. See the capped brood on the mini frames. Mating successful

Truck full of mating nucs. Olivarez Honey Bees put out 30,000 queen mating nucs out. Each queen that comes in a package is produced in one of these nucs.

Shaking bees off of frames into a shaker box. The shaker box is then poured into 2 or 3 lb package bee cages and a new queen is then added with the bees