Our five hives are now installed and busy with bees. On May 22nd, I picked up my five 5 frame nucleus hives (nuc’s)from a local apiary that raises it’s own queens and nuc’s without any chemical treatments.
The nuc’s were picked up in the evening and the opening sealed after the foraging work force returned home for the night. I let the nuc’s rest on top of the hives overnight so they could calm down from the 20 mile trip back to my place.
The hives that I built are my own design that is shaped around top bar hive management, but accepts standard Langstroth deep hive body frames. All of the frames that the bees will build out will be without foundation, so they can choice will be up to them in how to size the cells. The wooden frames will provide external support and help guide the comb to be built straight up and down. The top of the hives is in three sections (middle, left and right). Here is a look in to the middle section where the nuc’s were installed:
Since the five hives are located pretty close together (and just for fun) we wanted each hive to have it’s own flower symbol. My wife was kind enough to paint a differnt flower over each hive’s center opening: