I have three hives currently, and I might soon have a fourth.
Two hives are across the yard from each other. I’ve been hauling my wheelbarrow to the different sites, which is very helpful. With the deadout hives (hives that didn’t survive the winter), I have drawn comb available, both empty and filled, and the pollen and honey-filled frames are heavy.
Since it’s the beginning of the season and I started with new packages of bees, I had to ensure that the queens came out of their cages.
My packages came in a screened box with three pounds of bees and one queen cage. The queen is separated in her cage until the workers eat their way to her.
The potential fourth hive is a ‘trapout.’ I use quotes here because I can’t really trap anything. Maybe I ought to say lure. The entrance to this hive appears to be between the chimney and gutter of a two-story house in an historic district. And it’s on a hill. Very steep roof. Yeah, no trapout being placed. I was hoping they’d be in an accessible attic, but they aren’t! I looked!
So I’m hoping that they want to live in a more spacious home, like my box. I placed some bait to make it more attractive.