Shiny is better.

"If bees are not cleaned from the floor, bees must be cleaned upon ship-ment, lest the floor becomes a slippery mess. In these conditions, the humans wear respirators. What about the bees?" #🐝
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Yesterday I inspected the bees again, quickly, but the East hive still hadn't released her queen. The bees were all over the cage, though.
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It's always disconcerting when you find a bee in your hair that has already lost its stinger!

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Saturday I'll check on them. She won't have much space, so maybe no eggs by then in any case. But to pull the cage and see if things look normal, what aggression is like.
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Stage 3 is harvesting the honey from the second deep box, which I'm waiting on an extractor for. Once the extractor arrives, I'll extract all the honey from the second deep, and return the empty frames on the bottom, to become the new primary brood box. #🐝
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Because the colony was clearly far along and needed a queen (was confirming with inspection that queen was gone), I went straight ahead and installed the new queen. The workers weren't aggressive but WERE really excited, immediately spreading her scent.
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Some of the proof of not having a queen: See that bulge just right-of-center? The comb comes outward because they're building drone comb; drones are much larger than workers.

And the workers are laying! There is ~5-day-old larva. East hive. #🐝
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"Only queen honey bees may be shipped via air transportation. Each queen honeybee shipped via air transportation may be accompanied by up to eight attendant honeybees." [pe.usps.com]
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The West hive has been steadily growing, and has a phat beard on the front these days. The East hive hasn't shrunk, but it hasn't been getting big like that. No SHBs! So, I ordered a Russian-Italian queen Saturday, which shipped today.

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Saturday I did an inspection of the East hive. It's honey-bound; there is too much honey and no room for brood. But more than that, I did not see any eggs, zero larvae except for a few drones that were almost ready and a scattered brood pattern.

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OH. I did not know Kelley Beekeeping bought out Mann Lake in 2014.
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Bee inspection done! Yieeks. East hive is queen-less! Have a few pictures for later. Gotta order a queen…
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Pretty funny to see the bees presumably sucking water out of the wet, aerated soil a block from my house.
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I added a super to the West hive, because they have been more squeezed than the East, now. And they've been filling too much honey in.
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The East hive has thoroughly cleaned its deep hive and is very well along building the comb. They are almost done with the middle frames, working their way out.
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I cut a hole in the West hive inner cover so the bees can regulate air/humidity, and have an upper entrance in the winter.
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When I installed this trap-out, I tried to let the bees know where to go easily.
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This frame was another from last year that had been destroyed by wax moths, and they are well on their way to repairing it. Clean and pretty. :)

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This is an interesting frame that had been *filled* with pollen last year. I scraped a bunch of comb out this Spring because it was a dead-out, and had been pretty gross.

They've cleaned it off, but left the piles of pollen. Hopefully they can use it!
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West hive I gave 5 more frames to work through last Saturday, so they've been filling that in. But East only had a deep (now filled) and a super (mostly full), and they were clearly feeling squeezed, so I went ahead and gave them a full deep.
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You gave up too much to turn back now.