Installing bees is always done outdoors, as well for all hive maintenance. You can start your own colony in a BEEcosystem hive in multiple ways. One way would be to start with a fresh swarm and install them in your hive. Simply shake the swarm in the hive, close it up and hang it on the final destination. Once it is in place you can open up the bees entrance/exit and enjoy your colony.
Another start would be to order yourself a package of bees. In almost all cases they come in a wooden box with a can of sugar solution to feed the bees and a separated queen and her colony. The easiest way to install them is to transport the queen into your BEEcosystem hive and make the rest of the bees gently follow the queen. You can also gently shake the package after you have put the queen in to make the remaining bees join the hive.
One package of bees will fill up one hive with comb within a couple of weeks. Day by day you will see them work and build comb at a very fast pace. If you install your bees early Spring and there aren’t a lot of resources for the bees to fly on outside, you can use the top feeder hole to feed your bees with a one to one sugar/water solution. Simply mix it up in a basic vegetable jar, spike 3-4 tiny holes in the top lid of the jar and put it upside down on the hive. Mixing it up is best done with boiled hot water after which you let it cool down to the room temperature of the bee hive before putting it up.
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