I woke up late, about 7:30. I'd asked Rhonda to come over early so I could get this done while it was still cool out, and she got here about fifteen minutes after I woke up. We had a little tea and coffee together then got to work. I rounded up all my tools, handed her the camera and my big hat with the homemade veil, and out we went to the hive.
I got the smoker lit and got into my suit. It would turn out that I really didn't need to be covered that much. These bees are so gentle! They didn't bump me at all, and I only got stung once on the thumb, and that was after I was putting the frames back together and you always squish some. I don't blame them for being pissed. And my smoker went out about then, so I couldn't calm them with it. Despite all that, just one sting. Nice.
I was able to carry out all my plans - get the frame feeder out, inspect all the frames, put more empty frames in the box, and put another box on top. It went so smoothly and only took about half an hour. And I was right - they were so out of room. I should have done this last week. Bad Beekeeper Linda. But now they have lots of room, an entire box full and then some.
I also brought them an "I'm Sorry" gift - two hummingbird feeders full of sugar syrup. I took the little tray-covers off the bottoms so they can get right down into the syrup. Nomnomnomnom. I hope they like it.
|Honey, honey, HONEY!|
|Pry out another frame ...|
|... and look at it ...|
|... closely ...|
|... and still closer. That's honey up top, brood below. See the little grubs in the black holes? Cute little boogers.|
|Got three out. Working on the rest.|
|Lumpy, bumpy drone comb.|
|Pull out another one ...|
|... and look again.|
|Putting everything back together and squishing some. They got pissed ...|
|... so Rhonda and the dogs backed off, ...|
|... but not before Nellie got hit a time or two.|
7:30 update: Only a handful hanging around the front door,
not too many more than what's in the pictures here.
I'm glad they're more comfortable now.