Even the outer cover was homemade. Pretty neat. Lots of moth cocoons were on the lid, and I suspected there were some chambers of terrors hidden underneath that top shallow. I've been tempted at an all-shallows setup, and here I am being given one by Providence. This all happened just a day after my other two hives had run into a poisoning incident in the field and left me worried about their future chances. The Lord provides.
I put a folded up piece of window screen into the entrance to seal up the hive.
Then it was time to strap everything up to ready for transport. When I tightened the straps, it closed the top entrance by pulling the telescoping outer cover shut against the opening. Easy enough.
No tripping! Fortunately all went smoothly. My back held up. It was quite heavy, and all the weight was in the top, which told me that they were indeed trapped in that single top shallow thanks to the dang ol' queen excluder.
After a little break I unstrapped the hive and pushed the outer lid so that the top entrance would be open and removed the screen at bottom. Hello, is anybody in there? Beuhler? Ferris Beuhler?
It took no time for them to quickly begin orienting to their new place in the universe. What a beautiful sight! As my mamma would say, "Praise the Lord, honey!"
Tom Davidson is the owner and beekeeper at T's Bees.
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