Visiting My Aunts
My cousin finished two of the four boxes I asked him to make. My aunt wanted them to all be window boxes, which is the main reason it’s taken him so long. Here’s a picture of his handy work!
The cover for the window has a second piece of board attached to it on the inside so that there’s a bit of extra insulation around the window for the bees. I put one box on the bottom of my aunts hive, and I’ll hold onto this one for next year.
My aunts hive felt nice and heavy; at least 40 pounds. I don’t expect the bees to fill in the third box before the end of the year, but it’d be nice if they did. Except to say that bees in Warre’s are supposed to overwinter in just two boxes, so I’m not sure how I’m supposed condense the bees down without killing off some brood. I’ll have to re-read the book to see what it says.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention I made the novice mistake of not zipping my veil shut. I put it on but was talking to my cousin and completely forgot to zip it. I discovered this when I had two bees flying around in my helmet. I was fortunate enough not to get stung by either of them.
My aunts hive also has some very interestingly colored drones. They’re a combination of the ugly blue-ish color that Agatha’s drones were (and Trunchen Hive’s still are), and a wonderful deep-amber color. I accidentally squished one and tried to show it to my cousin, but a couple of bees were not happy about the loss of their brother and angrily buzzed my cousin before I could show him. The variation in color between the drones in this hive is much more pronounced than White Hive’s solid gold drones, or Trunchen Hives ugly blue ones.
My cousin is going to try and work out a way for the top bars to become frames. I’d be perfectly fine with a Warre Hive if it had frames. I won’t use foundation, I just want four pieces of wood hammered together (maybe with some wire through them) so I can actually look in the hive. That said, my aunts bees had drawn out the wax properly to the underside of the top bars, instead of to the sides of two of them. I was going to pull one up to look at it, but the bees had attached it to the wall. It was nice that I could actually see in between the comb though, which I can’t with mine.