Two Packages, Two Different Hives

It’s interesting to me that I can order two packages from the same apiary and end up receiving two different types of colonies.   One hive is so busy that they are flying into me when I’m at the hive, and the other is so small that it hardly notices when I am around.  It seems like there are 2/3 fewer bees in the second hive then the first.  I was worried that perhaps the package tried to abscond and the queen would be gone, but I have eggs and larva so even though I didn’t see the queen, I know she’s there.  I’m confident there’s plenty of time to build the hive.

I wonder if some of the bees from Hive #2 moved to Hive #1 in the bustle of hiving.  There were bees everywhere, and since they traveled so closely together, maybe they mixed up the pheromones.  The difference in size of the two hives is amazing.

Next inspection I will add Rhubarb leaves, and at least for Hive #1 I will do a sugar shake and see what the might load looks like.  Not sure I want to add extra stress to Hive #2 so, for now, I will treat both based on the one.

On a side note, my mother and brother have gained a hive of bees.   They had an empty Langstroth hive sitting out with foundation, and now there is a large colony living there!  How cool is that!

This is such an exciting time of year!

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