After a year of anticipation waiting from the campaign, to receiving the hive and then the frames. Assembling the hive from base to roof. Applying Tung Oil over many days to get the coating needed and sanding between and then waiting on the call from a local bee supplier telling my hive was ready. Going to and transferring frames from the starter hive to my brood box, leaving it in place for two days and going back to pick up for transport to my location. My Flow Frames are now in place and a really strong hive is thriving. Yesterday was the set up in my location and within a few hours, the bees were already coming back with pollen and going into the hive. Below are some pics before staining and then after set up. The change in coloration after the Tung oil was applied and the dark and light contrasts of the WRC is amazing. Here are some images and a videos after set up. I am extremely excited to start this new adventure in bee keeping. I was so excited that in the first video, I said the date was March 28 instead of May 28, 2016, which made me go back and record a second one later.
Disclaimer: I know I’m not supposed to put a feeder on with a super in place (or so has been said), but I only did this for one feeding because the hive was new to this location and I wanted them to at least have some extra food while learning the area. The five frames from the starter hive were slap full with drawn comb, some with double layer comb, lot of eggs, honey, and pollen already in place, so I thought one feeding would be ok. Any experts out there want to weigh in? Should I have or have not done this or should I actually do more until the other three empty frames are drawn out?