Installing bees into the observation hive

The latest additions to the apiary includes 2 clear tubes between the entrance holes and the hive. Hopefully we shall be able to see the bees with pollen on their legs returning to the nest. Mike added some ‘porches’ on the outside as well to ensure water doesn’t get driven in.

Showing 2 entrance holes with weather guards (on the left)

Showing 2 entrance holes with weather guards (on the left)

This was also the first use of the top bar nuc boxes and it all worked beautifully.

Our bees arriving at the apiary

Our bees arriving at the apiary

It was then a case of transferring the bars into the observation hive and popping the open nuc box in the bottom to allow the remaining bees to find their way out. All very gentle. And we even saw the Queen.

transferring frames into the hive.

transferring frames into the hive.

The nuc box was left in to allow the bees to leave it in their own time

The nuc box was left in to allow the bees to leave it in their own time

Comb in place with the most heavily populated one to the rear

Comb in place with the most heavily populated one to the rear

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