- Watch as many videos of this process as you can find. And then realize that it is not as easy as it looks in those videos.
- Shipping crates for bees are sealed very tightly. This is comforting when they're in your car, but very frustrating when you actually need to get them out of it.
- Beekeeping gloves impair your fine motor skills considerably.
- The longer you fumble around trying to get the crate open and the can out, the more annoyed the bees get.
- Bees naturally want to travel in an upward direction. Keep this in mind when considering whether to secure your pant cuffs. If you feel a bee inside your pant leg, you're screwed. Resolve to let it sting you before it travels further north.
- Don't stir the bees up unnecessarily just to "make things more exciting".
- Marshmallow sticks to absolutely everything it touches.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
bees again - is the third time the charm?
Some of you long time readers may remember Bees 1.0 and its rather more devastating sibling, Bees 2.0. Well, I'm happy to report that this morning I installed Bees 3.0, and I think it just might work this time. I'm reluctant to get too excited, since previous experiences with this have been less than favorable (and it's only the first day) but they arrived alive and perky and I moved them into their new home without it resulting in utter catastrophe. I cannot claim that the endeavor went perfectly, and if you've never put bees into a new hive before, there are some things I'd like to share with you now.