You must feed your bees when you install your packages. The entrance to the sugar water must be within 2" of the queen cage. Jar feeding above the inner cover is preferred. Do not expect top feeders and frame feeders to work when the night temperature is below 50 degrees. Boardman feeders should be thrown away.
It is your responisibility to keep the bees alive once you receive the package. Please inspect the package before you take it and do not accept it if you are not happy with the package. Check your queen to be sure she is alive when you install the package. Call immediately for a replacement queen if you find a dead queen in your package when you are installing your bees.
Please do not bring back used packages. We can no longer recycle them. You will be asked to take them back home with you.
Packages will be available for pickup after noon on Saturday, April 19*. At 2:00 P.M. on the day of pickup, see a demonstration on installing package bees. Conveniently located in the exact center of Montgomery County near Valley Forge, Norristown, and Lansdale turnpike exits. Package includes 3-pound workers with Italian queen.
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Warranty Information and Recommendations
Please check your queen before you take her. Be sure she is alive and kicking. Once you receive the queen, it is your responsibility to keep her alive.
Do not put place her in the light--that will kill her. Keep her in the dark at room temperature until you install her in the hive.
You must remove any existing queens before you install the queen. It is an extremely good idea to move a frame of eggs over to the hive first, and then check in 2-3 days to see if they form a queen cell. If they do not form a queen cell(s), your queen will probably not be accepted. If you see multiple eggs or many drone cells, SeeLaying Workersbelow.
If you do have a problem with queen acceptance, please let me know and you may purchase a queen at my cost.
Please check your package before you take it. If you are unhappy with the pacakge for any reason, do not take it. Once you receive the package, it is your responsibility to keep it alive.
Do not put place the package in heat nor in the light--that will kill the bees. Keep them in the dark at room temperature until you install them in the hive.
The feeder cans in the packages are not scientific, do not rely on them to keep your package alive. Please spray packages down with sugar water periodically until they are installed.
We guarantee the queen will be alive in the package for 3 days. When you install the package, if the queen is dead, call and we will provide a replacement.
We recommend that you keep the sugar water entrance near the queen cage--often the best way to feed is through a jar with holes over the inner cover. If the weather is colder than 50 degrees at night, the bees may starve if they are not near both the sugar water and the queen cage.
It is very important to leave the queen caged until the workers have settled down and accepted the hive body--possibly 4-5 days, especially if the box is freshly painted or has never had bees before.
We recommend that you do not order packages for top bar hives if the weather is expected to be cold (below 50 degrees at night), unless you have a way to feed the hive with sugar syrup directly near the queen cage.
Should you have any problems with queen acceptance, we will have some spare queens, which you may purchase at our cost.
Please check your nuc before you take it. If you are unhappy with the nuc for any reason, do not take it. Once you receive the nuc, it is your responsibility to keep it alive.
We guarantee the queen will be alive in the nuc for 7 days after installation--if the queen dies within that period, call and we will provide a replacement.
The workers are females and therefore have ovaries. The queen pheromone and the brood pheromone keep the workers from laying eggs. If your hive goes queenless or you think the hive has no queen, we recommend that you place a frame of eggs in that hive. The presence of brood will keep the workers from laying eggs.
If your hive is queenless and all of the brood hatches, the workers will then start to lay eggs (unfertilized drone eggs) and you will see many eggs in a cell and bumpy drone brood all over. At that point it is very difficult (if not impossible) to recover the hive.
Do not let it get to that point, place eggs or brood in a hive whenever yout think it may be queenless.