We have a new hive at our house, a lovely windowed top bar that Neil built. Neil, hive builder extraordinare! It found a home against the fence and near a small apple tree in our yard. (IMPORTANT NOTE: The house that shares the fence is not occupied - technically this hive should be several yards way from fence lines, but the homeowner doesn't care. Make sure to talk to your neighbors before installing hives in urban farming areas!) Even though our year old hive (called Amanda) is also in the process of expansion, there is something about new bees getting established in a shiny new hive.
When my bees first established themselves, it seemed to me that my Queen was far more disorganized then most, and that my girls lacked the sense of bee-feng shui the books talked about. But now, what originally looked like an overly enthusiastic thrown-together mess now looks filled with purpose and intent.
"They had expanded faster then they could sustain and nature took its course by shrinking the hive back to a manageable size."
As discussed in my earlier post : Full Inspection: Day 11 I recently discovered two double combs in the hive. By double I mean that there were TWO independent combs built on the same bar. After some research and questions asked on the FB group I recently joined "Top Bar Hive Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest", I … Continue reading Remodeling the hive – problem comb management