I was almost ready when the phone rang this morning. Our friendly postal worker informed me that my bees were there and I told her I'd be over in a few minutes to get them. I glupped down the rest of my coffee and got my hair brushed and up (I wasn't going anywhere with that mass on the frizz). Once I collected the bees I came home and ate breakfast before going out and installing them.
I ordered two packages again this year (a grand total of 6 pounds of bees). Because I only have one nuc hive, I put one package in that and the other in just a regular hive body. I'm going to see which one thrives better--kind of experiment.
Anyway, here is the unexpected part of the story--the first package had at least three queens! I discovered that accidentally. I had just dumped the queen out of the queen cage and I happened to spot another smaller queen sitting kind of off to the side. Well! A free queen! I got her and a couple of worker secured in the now empty queen cage. I'm going to see if she survives and if I can start another colony with her. (I just had a thought--I wonder if she's a virgin queen?)
I got both lids on in a relatively short period of time...it's a little cool this morning so that is an assist.