I started with four nuc’s about one year ago. These were my first hives and despite taking two short courses with the local cooperative extension, I lost two. I decided to keep four hives on hand until I’m certain I can accurately diagnose and correct any issues that may arise. I originally wanted two strong hives, but thought I should hedge my bets.
I ordered and received my two packages of bees a few days ago! Two 3lb Packages picked up from USPS early Monday morning. Just for giggles, I order one package of Russian and one Package of Italian bees. We’ll see how they build in population and who preforms better.
Below are a few pictures of me installing the packages.
I inserted both packages without gloves or a veil. Here is the math:
Three pounds of bees equals approximately 15,000 bees. 15,000 x 2 = 30,000 bees. 2 stings / 30,000 bees = .000066.
What does this mean? It means there’s nothing to be afraid of. Get a hive or two and watch how amazing these insects are.