Rosemary Hive First Look

Rosemary is the hive I was more worried about. A lot of the workers never went into the hive when I shook out the packages, preferring to cluster back up in the package box. So this group started off with a smaller workforce, and I was afraid they would not accept their queen. It has been three days since we put the packages in, so I wanted to get the queen cage out of there if I could.

As expected, the cluster here was much smaller.
As expected, the cluster here was much smaller than it was in Thyme hive.
This mass of bees was clustered on the queen cage. When I shook most of them off, I spotted Queen Rosemary - but she ran to the bottom of the frame and then got down into the box before hubs could get his camera on her.
This mass of bees was clustered on the queen cage. When I shook most of them off, I spotted Queen Rosemary – but she ran to the bottom of the frame and then got down into the box before hubs could get his camera on her.
The bees had eaten through the candy plug on the queen cage, so I cut it free.
The bees had eaten through the candy plug on the queen cage, so I cut it free.
We checked to make sure that Queen Rosemary was out safely. There was still a fair bit of candy in there, and a few bees still chewing on it, but no queen.
We checked to make sure that Queen Rosemary was out safely. There was still a fair bit of candy in there, and a few bees still chewing on it, but no queen.
They have only started comb on one frame, and it is a very small beginning bit of comb. On the up side, though, it is perfectly straight - and NOT hung from the queen cage.
They have only started comb on one frame, and it is a very small beginning bit of comb. On the up side, though, it is perfectly straight – and NOT hung from the queen cage.
They started some burr comb in their hive-top feeder, too.
They started some burr comb in their hive-top feeder, too.
Even though there is no brood in the combs yet, the Rosemary workforce is out collecting pollen.
Even though there is no brood in the combs yet, the Rosemary workforce is out collecting pollen.

So Rosemary is recovering from package trauma, a bit slow to get moved in and start hanging curtains but at least they seem to know that this is “home.” I’ll check back in with them next week!

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