The objective of the day was to build a new type of hive. The Top Bar hive is a hive style more commonly found in Africa, more specifically, Kenya. Its most prominent characteristic is the lack of frames. Bars are simply rested on top, hence the "Top Bar" designation!
Hive 1: During the last inspection, the queen was not located in this hive, however, this week's inspection provided sufficient evidence of its presence. Eggs were spotted, and already some larvae were emerging!
Hive 6: The queen was located in this nuc, and based on observations, it appears that mating may have already taken place (based on the queen's calm demeanor).
Hive 9: It appears that the colony may have swarmed, however, it was difficult to determine for certain. queen cells were found open, but no queen was located.
Hive 10: Being a two week old nuc, the hive appeared to be in good condition. The queen was located and appeared to be calm (sign that the queen has mated).
Hive 11: Similar observations were made in this nuc, and it appears that in this nuc as well, the queen may have possibly also mated.Hives will be continuously monitored... photos of the newly built hive will be available as soon as it is ready!