Today, Joshua and I headed up to Spokane to get our bees.
|Joshua in front of boxes of bees
|Joshua holding our box of bees
|Ready for the ride home
We had gotten their hive ready before we left. When we got them home, I tried to put them in the hive...I pulled out the wire that the queen cage was attached to. So, the queen cage fell to the bottom of the box. I decided that I might as well just "bonk" and "pour" the bees into their new home and I could grab the queen cage. I did this twice and I looked into the hive and I CANNOT FIND THE QUEEN CAGE!
I put everything together and we went out for a hike. The bees settled down so after we came back from our hike, I tried to open up the hive and look for the queen cage again...there are so many bees and I cannot see any type of queen cage! I am really upset! I even got under the cage and looked up into the bottom (it has a screened bottom) but I still do not see the queen cage. I have run my hands through the bees several times, hoping to bump into something solid and I just cannot find it!
Called a couple of "seasoned" beekeepers. One encouraged me to keep looking for her. So, I gave it one more try and found her! I will check and make sure she is out of her queen cage on Tuesday.