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Hi,

I just installed my bees over the weekend. I used the no-shake method which went amazingly well. I popped the corks on the queens and push in marshmallow and am waiting a few days for the queen to be released.

I noticed today a few ants crawling on the hives. As a precaution I propped hives up with cinnamon sticks. I am using sugar water to feed the bees until they settle in. But I plan not to use it after the first season. I am not using smoke at this point either as I have read smoke is found in honey from smokers.

The only thing on my mind is that the bees appear very calm with little activity. I am assuming the bees are prepping the hive.

Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Mike. I am from Bowling Green, VA.
 

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Everybody is usually gentle and well mannered on the first few dates. Enjoy.

I truly don't know anyone who does not use smoke... though many do over-use it.
And, welcome.:hi:
 
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