While the bees in the orange hive were getting acclimated to their new home, we prepped the yellow hive as soon as we could because the bees were starting to die. Since the yellow one has the medium supers, we couldn’t place the package directly in. Bethany had to work so I was on my own for this hive install.
It didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped. It turned out the queen was killed in the transition and a number of bees hadn’t survived. I forgot to use the smoker at first so they were none too happy with me. We’ll check the hives again in a few days.
Tammy writes about unabridged life, fragmented faith, and investing in the mess. She is founder and curator of The Mudroom, a collaborative blog encouraging women to speak truth, love hard, and enter in with each other and co-founder of Deeply Rooted, a biannual worship and teaching gathering for women. Tammy is a member of Redbud Writers Guild, writing blog posts, personal essays, flash memoir, poetry, and even preaches sometimes. She lives in an intentional Christian community in Chicago with her husband, Mike and daughter, Phoenix. She has a poem included in the recently published book Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives.