Coolin’ Off the New ColoniesMay 24, 2012 by bbfadminWorking with my friends Roman and Alvin to bring some new honeybees colonies, packed in “nuc” or nucleus starter boxes, to the BumbleBerry apiary. Here we’re hosing down the boxes to keep the bees cool during transport from Beeline, a Mennonite-run business in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Bees keep the inside of a hive a comfortable 92 degrees F year-round by fanning water in the hive to cool the hive down. To heat up a hive, the bees will collectively fan their wings to expend energy. During transport, the bees can’t retrieve the water they need to cool down a hive, so we offer assistance. The new colonies arrived safe and sound. I introduced them into the bee yard that very day.