Saturday, June 11, 2011
I also checked up on hive #5 since they were close to full when I moved them on the 5th, I was surprised to see they had drawn out one whole frame from empty in only a couple days, they also seem to have filled out all of the frame space left over from changing over from the TBH, this means about one third of each frame, thats about 4 frames plus reorienting too their new environment all in about six days. I'm excited about this kind of speed since it seems faster then my old tb hives.
Before I closed up I added a box to the bottom of this hive for expansion, this is supposed to allow them to keep raising brood without cooling off since they are already at the top of their space. In a natural colony bees will build from top down and move their brood nest to new comb as brood hatches, this is how warre hives are run. I plan to run them in a hybrid way, increasing from the bottom for comb renewal and managing their honey space instead of harvesting whole boxs.