|Basic structure (still needs the shade cloth)|
When I installed the new nucs in their new boxes, I didn't have any deep frames with me and thought they would be fine until next week. When I inspected, I was surprised to see those empty areas had been completely filled in with honey and comb !!!!! In one week. It was a mess cleaning it up and the bees were not happy.
And now to the weirdest of weird bee news that has me scratching my head. Several weeks ago I looked into the swarm trap in our front yard and noticed 4-5 bees on some new comb that was recently drawn. I didn't think too much of it and thought they were just in there looking around. But two weeks later I look in the swarm trap and again notice 4-5 bees hanging out on the new comb (besides the roaches and lizard running around inside). It's like they started their own mini hive. It was quite sad looking at the poor bees standing on empty comb, not quite sure what to do. The roaches outnumbered the bees by about 5 to one. Just weird ..... kind of like a homeless shelter for honey bees. But in the end I decided to dismantle this breeding ground for roaches. Hopefully the homeless bees will find a new home in a stronger hive.