This is an exciting weekend at the farm---a package of new bees arrived to join our apiary!
Here they are in their cage upon arrival:
This is the Minnesota Hygienic Queen in her private quarters. This container is blocked with a cork on one end, which is removed and replaced with a small marshmallow. The queen's container is placed in the hive, and the worker bees proceed to eat the marshmallow and release the queen.
Adding the bees to their new hive. . .
. . .a few reluctant bees refused to follow the rules.
Into their new English Garden hive with their feeder. . .
Ready for spring and the first flowers!!!