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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Free the Queen!

Last time I kept bees, the queen came with a candy cap on the queen cage, the bees would eat their way to her in a few days and done.

This year's bees came from a supplier who uses cork and no matter how much the bees might want the queen out, they can't eat through cork so you have to spring her.

The girls were pretty docile as we staged our home invasion. They're ignoring the sugar water outside their front door, too, which is a good sign. They're bringing back loads of pollen from the flowering fruit trees and such that are just a few feet past that jar. All good signs.

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