The second box was needed for honey storage for the bees to store enough honey to get them through the winter. Plus, their population is expanding and no one likes to be cramped.
So Monday morning we drove to our beekeeper's house and bought another 10 frame deep box. I spent an hour or so in the afternoon on priming and painting the exterior.
Grandma Cat checking out the box and frames before installation
This was R's first official beekeeping duty. So we were both kind of anxious about how well it was going to unfold especially since he would be going in smokeless because the sumac wouldn't stay lite. We waited until just before dark for R to suit up.
First up was removing the roof. Bees were flying around but really not agitated more just disturbed. Next was the inner cover which he lifted off gently. He then set the new box on top but first making sure that there were no bees resting on the edge of the lower box that might get crushed. The box was very gently set down so that it didn't move the lower box. All the while he was working on the hive, he made sure not to make any sudden movements. He then reassembled the box by putting the inner cover back on and then the roof. He then stepped away.
I can't wait until we can move the hive and replace the shingles and windows #looksohsouglynow
All was well with the hive.