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Queen bee questions

queen bee
The shipment of honey bees arrived early today. They were shipped from Kentucky on Saturday.

We were a bit alarmed to see our separately packed queen was not alone. There were several other worker type bees inside her little cage.

The book never mentions this fact, and we were a bit concerned something was wrong.

Turns out the queen can't live that long without having one of the other bees feed her, and we just assumed she got fed through the holes in her little cage...not true. She comes shipped with enough help to get her through the early days of travel and home building.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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