A lot has happened with our bee hives in the past couple of weeks. If you remember we started with two packages of bees that we ordered and received back in April. Of those two packages only one has survived. When we ordered them they told us it would be best to start with two because more than likely one would not survive. Well that has been the case. We noticed a few weeks ago something was wrong with one of the colonies. I think the queen died or maybe they did not accept her from the very beginning. By the time we noticed it was to late to help them. The other colony is growing and thriving in an amazing way. This past week we discovered they had drawn out the comb on almost all of the frames in the brood box, so we did some studying to find out when we needed to add a new brood box on top. What we found out was that it was time to do that now. Once your bees fill out all but two frames it's time to add a new box. If you over crowd your bees they will find a new home. If the bees can see the roof of their home they are ready to move.
It took them a good two days to forget what we had done and they didn't want us to even look at them from afar during that time. Larry got stung a couple of times just for trying to take a peek. They have finally forgotten or forgiven us for ripping the floor out of their house.
Now we'll need to keep an eye on them to see how quickly they fill this box, the next box to add on will be a honey super. Bring on the honey!!
Have a great weekend!