Psalms from the Hive  

by Jeannie Saum

Bees!  They’re here!

Steve’s jumpin’ for joy!

Empy hives waiting

For their new


Dump ‘em in! Dump ‘em in!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.


Steve got word today that he will get bees from the first truck load after all.  Guess there were  some cancellations or something.  He and Peter rushed over to Barry, the bee supplier’s place after work to pick up his bee package and the Dotson’s.  He came home with a screened box full of buzzing, wiggling bees and little queen cages.  Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy, so Steve couldn’t put them in the hives.  He was so bummed.

And guess where they had to sit for two days??  On my kitchen counter – Yikes!  Flashbacks  of live turkeys in the garage, many Thanksgivings ago.  What my husband gets us into . . .!

A few days later, Steve was able to dump the package of bees into his first hive.  He was officially in business!

How to Put Your Bees in the Hive

By Howland Blackiston from Beekeeping For Dummies, 2nd Edition

As a new beekeeper, one of your first steps is actually putting your bees in their new hive. Take your time and enjoy the experience. You’ll find that the bees are docile and cooperative. Read the instructions several times until you become familiar and comfortable with the steps. Do a dry run before your girls arrive.

Ideally, hive your bees in the late afternoon on the day that you pick them up, or the next afternoon. Pick a clear, mild day with little or no wind. If it’s raining and cold, wait a day.

To hive your bees, follow these steps in the order they are given:

Using your hive tool, pry the wood cover off the package.  Pull the nails or staples out of the cover, and keep the wood cover handy.

tap box
tap box

Jar the package down sharply on its bottom so that your bees fall to the bottom of the package. It doesn’t hurt  them! Remove the can of syrup from the package and the queen cage, and loosely replace the wood cover (without the staples).

Examine the queen cage. See the queen?  She’s in there with a few attendants. Is she okay? In rare cases, she may have died in transit. If that’s the case, go ahead with the installation as if everything were okay. But call your supplier to order a replacement queen (there should be no charge). Your colony will be fine while you wait for your replacement queen.

Remove the cork at one end of the cage so that you can see the white candy in the hole. If the candy is present, remove the disc completely. If the candy is missing, you can plug the hole with a small piece of marshmallow.

Out of two small frame nails bent at right angles, fashion a hanging bracket for the queen cage.

Prepare the hive by removing five of the frames, but keep them nearby.  Remember that at this point in time you’re using only the lower deep hive body for your bees. Now hang the queen cage (candy side up) between the center-most frame and the next frame facing toward the center. The screen side of the cage needs to face toward the center of the hive.

remove some frames from the box

Jar the package down. Toss away the wood cover and then pour (and shake) approximately half of the bees directly above the hanging queen cage. Pour (and shake) the remaining bees into the open area created by the missing five frames.

dump the bees in the hive
dump the bees in the hive

When the bees disperse a bit, gently replace four of the five frames.  Do this gingerly so you don’t crush any bees. If the pile of bees is too deep, use your hand (with gloves on) to gently disperse the bees.

Place the inner cover on the hive.  If you’re using a hive-top feeder, it is placed in direct contact with the bees without the inner cover in between, so skip this step and go to step 12. The inner cover is used only when a jar or pail is used for feeding. The outer cover is placed on top of the hive-top feeder.

Place the hive-top feeder on top of the hive.  Alternatively, invert a one-gallon feeding pail above the oval hole in the inner cover; add a second deep super on top of the inner cover; and fill the cavity around the jar with crumpled newspaper for insulation.

Plug the inner cover’s half-moon ventilation notch with a clump of grass (some inner covers do not have this notch).  You want to close off this entrance until the bees become established in their new home.

Now place the outer cover on top of the hive. You’re almost done.

Insert your entrance reducer, leaving a one-finger opening for the bees to defend.  Leave the opening in this manner until the bees build up their numbers and can defend a larger hive entrance against intruders. This takes about four weeks. If an entrance reducer isn’t used, use grass to close up all but an inch or two of the entrance.

Genesis 1

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.