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Ask most beekeepers about the best way to install a package of honeybees you will get an array of answers. Here is what I learned about installing honeybee packages. The best method for installing packages “depends” on two limitations, 1) The “comfort level” of the new beekeeper in handling honeybees, and 2) How quickly do you want the bees to congregate around the new queen? Your “comfort level” will usually decide the manner in which you load the hives and I was comfortable in just “dumping” the bees onto the frames. I suit-up for the inspections because I do not like bee stings and I am not allergic to honeybees. I just prefer to keep from itching during the four days after I get any sting. Here is an afterthought to consider about bee stings, during the first year I received twelve (12) honeybee stings from two hives with a total estimated population of 130,00 honeybees. During the second year of beekeeping, I received six (6) honeybee stings from five (5) hives with a total estimated population of 225,000 honeybees. and to date for 2019 the count is two (2) stings from a new estimated population of 107,000 honeybees.
The resulting decline in stings is due in part to “greater knowledge” about caring for honeybees and “slower movements” around the hives. Weather can have a detrimental affect on the honeybees temperament however, stings usually occur when beekeepers do something wrong during the installation or inspection process. As with any beekeeper, you will determine the best way for you to load your hives with honeybees.
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