The bees are here. We pick them up today. Last evening I put the final touches on the hives so I hope I have everything ready.
This is our top bar hive. Can you see where a different bar (oak) runs down the middle of the pine? That's where the bee will build the comb. Ideally, you want it straight down each comb, so I rubbed the first few with beeswax to try and encourage correct building. Then I have to check this hive every other day to be sure there are not any cross combs, which can cause a big mess.
Next I numbered and dated each bar.
Due to this frosty winter, there isn't a lot blooming right now so I will have to feed the bees for awhile.