May 11th: The Second Day

5:11:15

I had borrowed a top feeder from John, so I used an entrance reducer to help prevent robbing.  I fed them sugar water in a 1:1 ratio, which I poured into the top feeder.  I used organic cane sugar.

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May 10th: Picking up the bees for the first time…

John Babb and I traveled to Delta, Colorado, to pick up three Nucs.  One for me and two for him.  We purchased them from San Juan Honey Company and met the wife at a gas station east of downtown Delta.

We just put the three cardboard Nuc boxes in the back of my Expedition.  I had put up the dog grate and wrapped it with a moving blanket.  Very few bees got up in front with us.

When we got to my house, we put the five frames from the Nuc into a deep-body, 10-frame, hive box along with five empty frames.  I had built a hive stand with an open top and purchased a screen bottom board.  The hive box and empty frames I had bartered for.

My Nuc seemed fairly well developed.  We did not look for the queen, but could see eggs, larvae, and capped brood.