Last Sunday we installed the surviving nuc, making a new colony named Mongo. We’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Mark is setting the bottom board for the new hive.
The nuc has five frames it, so to complete the first hive body, five more empty frames are installed to give growing room to the colony.
Mark prepares to remove the five bulging frames from the nuc and put in the middle of the hive body.
See the little white eggs? Eggs!
Mark, very seriously, looking for eggs.
The last of the bees dumped from the empty nuc on top of the new hive body.
Mongo LIVVVVVES! And the empty nuc with a few hanger-on bees will stay there overnight to allow them to escape and find their way into their new home.
No truer words have been spoken – Mongo DOES like candy.
Time to refresh the hive names as winter faded them.
The expanded yard.
About Idiots Keeping Bees
We're always looking for new adventures, and well, learning about beekeeping seemed like a good idea. We had one hive in 2011, and we've increased since then Our goal is 10ish colonies, but we haven't hit our mark quite yet. We've found talking with other beekeepers to be invaluable, so we're starting this blog to keep long-distance conversations rolling throughout the year. If we can figure out beekeeping, so can you!