Well, queens, really. But they will be mamas to thousands of bees each we hope! Here’s a look at one of twenty-one queens to be installed by Mark. He got two of them into their new hives today before having to get back to the Business Showcase at the coliseum. Below is a shot of the box the queens came in this morning. Everyone arrived alive so that’s great! And you notice something different from most of the packaged queens we’ve photographed in the past? Think about it and if you want to know the difference, read to the bottom of this post.
We finished up the second and final night of the Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase this evening. It was a good learning experience and we did okay on sales. This was the first event of the year for us so it was good in terms of letting us warm up again with setting the booth up and figuring things out like how should our inventory sheet look so we can track how much we sold and what moved and what didn’t sell at all. So many little things to think about but we always enjoy learning it together. Got to see some sweet neighbors and friends tonight so we really had a great time!
Okay, so most queens we get arrive in a cage much like the one in the first picture of this post. BUT…notice this queen is in her cage all by herself. Her attendants are on the outside of the cage. Others we’ve bought put the attendant bees in the cage with their queen. Why does Big Island do this? Well, it allows the cage to be smaller since it’s only an efficiency for the queen versus a condo that houses queens and several attendants (don’t you love it when I post? Since I don’t come from a beekeeping background, I put things in ways that make sense to me in my head :-)). Also, Mark told me that this allows for faster acceptance of the queen when she doesn’t have all those attendants surrounding and protecting her.
All of this reminds me of last summer, when we got the original Russell queens and Mark left them in the living room and the box had been opened. I got home from work and opened the door to attendant bees flying all over the house. Not a big deal unless you’re a beekeeper’s wife and you happen to still be in a bit of a panic because you are now allergic to stings and just recently had “an incident” involving three stings…anyway, let me end this now. I can write on forever tonight.