So my Georgian girls got to move into their new home this morning!
The frames aren't 100% filled, but they are getting close...and the more bees hatched, the faster the comb building will go. Up at the top, you can see where some of the comb got ripped coming out of the hive. There was honey oozing down the side and the bees went to work on cleaning it up immediately.
And here is pictorial proof of a lesson learned: Always press your frames together. Why? Because if you don't the bees build uneven comb between them. In other words, if the comb is a half inch deep when the frame's top bars are touching and the other ends of the frames are roughly a quarter inch apart--that end is going to have an extra quarter inch of comb built--which makes it crooked, uneven, and it damages the comb more when going through the hives. I had a couple of frames set too far apart and you can see the evidence of it on both sides of the frame to the right. I was lax last time I was in this nuc because we had weather coming in quickly. Next time, I'll take the extra 60 seconds to make sure that the frames are all snugged up against each other.
And there you have it! Both my colonies are now in bigger homes. It's exciting!!
The Bee Project
A place for me to journal my foray into bee-keeping...You may find this to be an online record book of my perspective bee's lives.