What doesn't reproduce best when left alone? Even though you might be itchy curious about what's going on inside your hives, you have to resist the urge to peek for the first three weeks. Just like with teenagers, if you give them the opportunity, they'll do what comes naturally.
Our store-bought bees looked fine.
The wild bees are too new to bother just yet but the San Francisco girls hadn't been moved from the hive trap box. It's time they found a permanent home. Charlie rounded up Dylan - another opportunity to wear his bee suit - and they both took all the frames out of the hive trap box and put them into a new, fresh box. The bees in residence moved when their babies were moved. They were excited, flying all over the place, and that means they're happy. When they're depressed they stay inside, acting lethargic, just like you and me.
The forager bees were out collecting pollen when the rest of their family moved. To let them know where their new home is, Charlie put a piece of their familiar-smelling comb at the entrance to the new box. You can watch the forager bees fly toward the new, different box, wondering what happened. Once they sniff at the comb, they recognize the smell of mom and family, and confidently fly through the front door as if to say, "Honey, I'm home!"