Before I get to my question, I want to thank everyone for their help over the past few months. I love getting to suck all of the knowledge out of ya’lls brains.
I realized that after 2 bee classes and a few bees books. I don’t think anyone has explained how to inspect a hive that has more than 1 box. Maybe I haven’t heard an explanation because it is pretty simple, but still, once again, the fear of the unknown has driven me to post on the forum.
Assumptions: You inspect the hive from the top down. Checking one or more frames per box. When the first box is done being inspected, use your muscles to set the box off to the side and start on the next box.
- Don’t the bees hate when you take a box off of the stack and put it back on?
- Do most people inspect every box, or just the brood box that is likely to contain the queen?
- If I have 2 brood boxes and 1 super, and I inspect 1 frame per box, doesn’t that make my inspections take a bit too long? What if I had 5 boxes in total, would that be a lengthy and troublesome inspection?
- I am already finding it difficult to put my cover on the hive without squishing a bee… isn’t bee squishing even more difficult to manage when re-stacking heavy boxes?
- Having to mess with box stacking seems like a downside to the langstroth design, and a pleasant upside to the top bar hive. Is there a hive type that is sort of a hybrid between langstroth and top bar? I hive in which the expansion would be horizontal and you could use langstroth frames and the flow frames (and maybe even a queen excluder)?