Smart Hive (scale)
The package is doing well, the queen is laying frame to frame, filled brood box and started laying in the 2nd box (medium) originally partially filled with honey. Now, the second box is brood and capped honey. Time for a new medium box. As a side note, the scale is still not picking up data. Software pros should be looking into a few more details this week so we keep our fingers crossed.
This one is not filling up as fast but it is in 10 frame equipment and the 2nd box did not have as much honey. The queen is also moving between brood box and medium laying well but the outer frames are still fairly empty. They are not ready for another box yet.
Oh my, our superstar queen is very busy indeed. We even found brood in the 4th box. Now listen Missy, it is time to get back down! Of course, this is the queen that shows herself every time we pop the cover. Today, we were looking for her and that is when she decides to elude the paparazzi. We looked at every single frame on our way back up putting the hive back together, but still nothing. We decided to put a queen excluder between the 2nd and 3rd box, hoping to keep her down or trap her up depending on our luck. We will have to peak in there in a few days to see if we have eggs in the top boxes an indication that she is in the upper part of the nest. There are a lot of bees in there and they sure have an attitude. Once we succeed at bringing her back down, the brood can hatch and with the honey flow to start in the coming weeks, we will be ready for another box soon.