Our first time keeping bees. Our two colonies of bees arrived today, and Lori--who wanted them in the first place--had to be to work at 11 A.M., leaving me, with my fear of bees and wasps, to install them in the hives.
I shook what I thought was the bulk of the first package of bees into the first hive and laid the shipping container aside. After I put the top on the hive, I looked over to see a large number of bees crawling on the container and clustered around the hole. I didn't think it was a good idea to open up the hive again, so I didn't. The container is only about one foot from the entrance of the hive. My question is, will these bees eventually know to join the others inside the hive? If not, I'd appreciate suggestions regarding what my next move should be. Thanks in advance.
By the way, I called Lori at work and told her that she's going to install the other package of bees tomorrow.