Buzzing into Hive #1 on San Juan Island, WA, USA

Greetings all, and couldn’t bee happier to bee here. Obligatory puns aside, got our FH2+ with a 3# frameless nuc last Tuesday, first inspection yesterday revealed industrious activity…90 deg from the foundationless brood frame axis, and ironically linking frames via the convenient comb guide. Despite careful movement, all the fragile new comb dropped to the bottom. Used natural twine to create a supportive cradle, and popped the comb back in. Here’s hoping they realign, and stay healthy. Any suggestions or outright corrections very welcome.
Bee well!

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I’m new to all this too. Sounds like you’re on the right track supporting the comb. I’m sure some folks can offer sound advice around here. Wish you and your colony all the best. :raised_hands:

I’m sure the twine will work great. Rubber bands are more commonly suggested and they go on really easy and fast.

Hive position question; facing SE, ceonothus on three sides, loads of forage. Should I raise the colony on blocks, or leave well enough alone?

I would raise it so that the landing board is at least 14-16" above ground level. That deters opossums and skunks, which like to eat bees sometimes… :wink:

Cinder blocks are fine. I painted mine when I used them. :blush:

I’m in Bremerton. The West Sound Beekeeping page on FB is very helpful. I put my package in about 5 weeks ago and they have filled the brood box with comb. I ordered another 10 frame brood box just now (surprisingly affordable) because I want a very strong hive coming into winter and spring next year. I just added Apivar for mites. I only saw 1, but 1 is too many. I am using Apivar at the suggestion of the guy I got the package from. He’s a lifelong pro and it’s his go to. Because I’m using Apivar the honey super will not go on until August 10, if it goes on at all this year, I suspect it will.
Good to have another Flow in the PNW.

Hi there ! I am here in the PNW also. I put my new bees in the brooder in may. They filled it all up so I added the super ? I see moisture in it because of our weather here?? And mine are still sucking down the sugar water? Do u think I should add another brood box instead of the super for now ? Get the ones that have moved up into the super out and have the build another brood box?
I feel like bee keeping might not be so easy with our weather here ? Thank you

If the bees are still taking the sugar syrup then there isn’t a nectar flow on. Remove the super as you don’t want sugar ‘honey’ in there.

Join a local bee keeping club and ask if they use two brood boxes or one.

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