This was a catch-all blog but lately it seems like it's jut s a bee blog. I'm excited to report my first ever split finally seems to be showing progress. They are too weak to defend against Milano or Venice so I haven't been feeding (I don't want Milano storing sugar with the honey since I will harvest from there soon - they are filling out the last 3 top super frames. The first five are already full and capped). Good thing I checked on [what did I name this hive?] - they are out of food. They are drawing comb and the population is way up! It looks like a new package install after about a week now. They have brood and at least four full frames of packed workers (I only moved over two!). Lots of pollen bearing workers are entering and there's good traffic flow. Wow! I really didn't expect this to make it. I will feed them the rest to the summer to see if I can get them to a density to winter.
My new vented, gabled copper roof came for Venice. So now I have a bottom board and a top. All I need is a hive body and a top cover and I have a hive ready for the next split. I think I'll order that, some more medium supers (standardizing on mediums now), two or three hive stands and another slated bottom for [what did I name that new hive?] - they will need all the help they can get.