|Under the shingles, the bees peek|
out between the boards
|Just 5 days of work!|
|Small Hive in new Home|
I took his hand,""This is our quality time, remember? You love this." Squeeze.
"...and we don't have to do this right now if you're too tired."
But we crossed our fingers and dug in. Luckily, there was a bottom to their space and we were able to pull out all the comb. There were multiple queen cells along several panels, indicating that they had more intentions of swarming. As the sun faded, we left our two boxes in position for the bees to move in.
|Original Hive exposed|
|Big box for plentiful bees|
Early next morning, returning to remove the hives, we discovered the problem. Though the space they occupied was limited vertically, the bees had expanded horizontally under the floor of the deck. As the majority of the bees were already in our box, we did a quick removal of this comb and population before the sun woke both boxes into further activity. We left a bait hive behind for stragglers and took the rest home to our apiary.
|Cleaned of bee debris, the space|
is painted to mask any attractive
|Joey fixed the frayed corner problem|
|Insulation fills the gaps to prevent|