Packages and queens arriving on time - April 27
Olivarez mating yards had really good weather recently so they were able to catch up on queen production and mating.
They're currently gathering the bees for the packages and will be making our packages this week.
So package pickup date is going back to the originally scheduled date: April 27, from 9 am to 4 pm.
We will bring some extra Saskatraz queens with us which are available to pre-order now.
At the time of writing this post, we are sold out on packages and about 80% sold out on queens.
If you would like to get a package from us, you can join our waitlist (button available at the package ordering page) and the system will email you if any package becomes available.
If you ordered bees from us, make sure to check that you receive email updates from us. We will send at least two emails this week (reminder and installation instructions).
If it's cold (or rainy) at your location, you can keep the package inside, at room temperature, until tomorrow. On top of a kitchen counter or on top of washer/dryer in the laundry room.
Do not cover them so they can move air and regulate their own temperature. A darker room is better.
Today we did several package installations and they're going to be OK. Once they are in the box and access the sugar syrup you feed them, they can regulate the hive temperature.
In previous years we had people installing packages with snow or under the rain (using pop-ups for cover) and they were also good. It's just better to do it on a nicer day.
We installed our package on delivery day with no problems. I checked to see if queen was out of her cage today and she seemed very lethargic and barely moving in her cage. She was very active when we installed package. It appeared the candy would be gone at any moment. Should the queen be moving more? I don't ever remember seeing a queen just sitting and barely moving in her cage before release. Concerns? Advice? Thanks for your time.
At this time you can hand release that queen so she can get into those frames.
We have checked several installations today and some queens were very active and others were slower (hard to define what "normal" would be).
Then check again around Saturday to make sure that she's fine and laying eggs by then.
If she doesn't make it, please send us an email right away to firstname.lastname@example.org.