This will be a quick update as I checked the hives quickly this evening and everything looked good except for the blue hive.
Everything looked good and lots of activity at the entrance. They've drawn 7.5 frames and are storing honey and pollen. Didn't see the queen as I just checked the outside of things but noticed lots of new bees. Added a second super for them to work on. Hopefully they'll be able to finish it before winter.
Sadly hardly any eggs and larva. The very little bit of capped brood I found appeared to be drones. Not sure this hive has a chance with this queen. I found some queen cups and queen cells but left them alone this time. I don't believe they have enough time to raise a queen before it starts getting chilly here but I'll pray for them. I posted on Russell's forums and hopefully get some advice on what to do. I don't think I have any options except to hope they make it or hope Russell's has another buckfast queen available I can order. I really think I waited too long with this one though. We'll see I guess.
just as always everything looked good. Lots of eggs, larva, and capped brood. They are also storing honey and pollen. Didn't take much apart but didn't feel the need. I'm pretty sure they'll be able to finish the 4 frames left in the top deep and get a medium super done before winter.
They've drawn the top medium out and are filling it now. I'll add another when they have most of this one capped. I didn't check the brood boxes because of the nasty cut I got from the stained hives top but will next time I do an inspection. These girls are doing such a good job though I hate to disturb them.
Still loving the Rauchboy. Just like the first time, it was easy to light and stayed lit. Great smoke also. Definitely worth the money!
Also if you have one of those copper garden hive tops from Brushy Mountain like I do on the stained hive, be careful when taking it off and putting it back on. I got a nasty cut when placing it back on the hive to my left index finger.