We are on week 2 of bees.
I’ve reduced the hive down to one super (the technical term for the boxes). It started off as 3 boxes – 1 to house the bee transport box, 1 with frames (the technical term for where the bees build comb), and 1 to house extra sugar water.
On day 2, I removed the bottom one which held the bee transport.
Earlier this week, the extra sugar water that came with the transport ran out. So I dumped the top box just leaving me with the middle one filled with bees.
On a daily basis, we’ve been refilling the sugar water feeder.
However, today, I did a full hive inspection. Check out the process.
First, I take off the cover
The bees are all over it, and that’s ok. This is the view inside the hive when everything comes off:
Each of those black frames is a double-sided comb structure. Most of them are filled with eggs, larvae, and (slowly) capped comb that mean a new bee is about to be born.
I pull each one out to check it out
I’m really close to adding a second box. The queen is busy working away at the outside frames, and then she’s going to want more space to lay eggs.
The adventure keeps getting better!