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Learners will be equipped with essential tips to confidently and effectively guide the process of installing a bee package.


Key Takeaways 

  1. Tip 1: Gather all hive equipment, including bottom board, frames, inner cover, lid, and entrance reducer.

  2. Tip 2: Elevate the beehive on a hive stand at least six centimeters off the ground to prevent rot and flooding.

  3. Tip 3: Ensure the hive stand is perfectly level to avoid water pooling during rainy weather.

  4. Tip 4: Plan the bee feeding strategy in advance, whether it’s liquid feeding or providing a pollen supplement.

  5. Tip 5: Have the necessary tools ready, such as a hive tool, sugar syrup spray bottle, and safety equipment.

  6. Tip 6: Avoid using a smoker during installation to minimize disruption to the bees’ communication and reduce stress.

  7. Tip 7: Choose the queen release method: slow release with candy or direct release into the colony.

Bee packages are a popular choice for establishing new honey bee colonies, sourced mainly from the southern hemisphere for their availability of bees. However, the process of installing a bee package requires careful preparation and consideration. In this blog post, we will explore the ins and outs of bee packages, from understanding their contents to expert tips for successful installation.


Understanding Bee Packages

A bee package is essentially a transportable hive that includes a honey bee colony. These packages are typically imported from countries like New Zealand and Australia, where bees are in abundant supply due to their finishing bee season. However, the transportation of bees across borders comes with its own challenges, including the potential transmission of pathogens and diseases.

To mitigate these risks, bee packages are sent without beeswax, which can easily absorb chemicals, pathogens, and diseases. While this ensures healthier bee packages, it is crucial to take necessary precautions during installation to safeguard the bees’ well-being.


Preparing for Bee Package Installation

Successfully installing a bee package requires careful preparation and attention to detail. Let’s explore the essential steps you need to take before the big day:


1. Hive Equipment Readiness: Ensure you have all the necessary hive equipment ready, including the bottom board, single box, frames, inner cover, lid, and entrance reducer. Having everything set up in advance streamlines the installation process.


2. Elevate Your Beehive: Place your beehive on a sturdy hive stand, elevated at least six centimeters off the ground. This not only prevents rot on the bottom board but also protects the hive from flooding during heavy rains.


3. Check Hive Stand Level: A level hive stand is crucial to prevent water from pooling or seeping into the hive during rainy weather. It ensures a safe and dry environment for the bees.


4. Plan Your Bee Feeding Strategy: Decide on your bee feeding strategy before installing the package. Whether it’s liquid feeding or providing a pollen supplement, be well-prepared with the necessary resources.


5. Gather Essential Tools: Ensure you have all the required tools on hand, including a hive tool, spray bottle with sugar syrup, bee suit, and the means to remove the apivar strip from the package.


6. Avoid Using a Smoker: Resist the urge to use a smoker during installation. Minimizing disruption to the bees’ pheromone communication reduces stress and helps the bees adapt quickly to their new colony.


7. Choose Your Queen Release Method: Decide whether you prefer a slow release or direct release of the queen. Both methods have their benefits, so carefully consider what suits your situation best.




Installing a bee package is an exciting step in the journey of beekeeping. By following these essential tips and being well-prepared, you set the stage for a thriving and healthy colony. Remember to continuously monitor and support your bees during their initial days in the hive. Happy beekeeping!

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