Hi all. It’s been four years in the making, and I bloody stuffed it.
I’ve been doing my homework, researching, watching videos, going to meetings for 4 years and I finally got my Flowy setup ready, and today was the day. 6am I picked up my first ever colony. The bees were buzzing in the box and so was I.
The nice gentleman offered help to put the colony in my hive, but I was confident I could handle it, so I politely declined. I need to learn on my own anyway. Or so I thought.
The 4 frame nuc was jam packed with comb. The frames were stuck the sides all the way down to the bottom. Nothing like I saw on videos, or I was prepared for.
I managed the separate three of the frames, but one, oh my… yeah, it broke. In hind sight, maybe I should have got a long knife and cut the comb off the sides. Sad story is, more than half the comb of that frame stayed in the nuc, brood and all. I removed one of the empty frames I had prepared and placed the broken comb inside the broodbox - hopefully they will recycle it, and one day forgive me. Her majesty was nowhere to be found, but I was flustered and probably missed her. Possibly killed her too.
I’m ashamed and embarrassed. Day 1, I killed bees. Big time. My balloon is deflated and confidence gone.
Any help and advice from the wise boys and girls of this forums, is truely appreciated.