Congats Veg on your new arrivals... I am supposed to be getting my first bees tomorrow...... They are a small swarm that someone is very kindly giving to me. I too am excited and can't wait... so cigars all round.
I am one very happy girl... My bees arrived last night, a very small swarm... The guy had reservations about the presence of a queen... he hadn't been able to spot her, so this morning, my own worries crept in until a very local beek came down, found her, marked her for me.... now all is well in backgarden bee world. He says he believes they are Carny bees, however the queen may be italian.... so I have my own United Nations community out back there..
Veg, have you picked up yours yet??
Just got back from settling them in. I will leave them in the nuc overnight and hive them tomorrow. They are so gentle it was the first time i have handled bees without gloves. The man i bought them off didnt even have a veil on. Will post some pics when i can work out how to get them off my phone.
Funny thing was I took my dad with me(70 years old). He has never been near a hive. He loved it and is helping me hive them tomorrow.
Made the hive stands myself out of an old pallet and some sticky back plastic
Managed to mark one queen today as I found her easily. The other one was a bit shy so I will try and get her next time.
The pics are of the nucs my father took them as we were looking through them, before deciding which nucs to buy.