This chapter is going to work from the ground up, starting like you do—with a brand-new package in your brand-new equipment. We’ll shepherd that colony through its first year and into the next season, so next year you’ll have all the information you need to continue.

Start by reading the section on installing a package. Get familiar with the sequence of events before you begin. Installing a package is a simple process and difficult to bungle. However, it can be a bit nerve-racking the first time.


Your smoker, hive tool, and protective gear are all tied for first place as need-to-have beekeeping tools. But you also have to light and keep your smoker lit. If it goes out when you take your colony apart, you’ll ...

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