We moved hive #7 to Espoo. It's out of view from the school yard next door - the children seem to spend all their breaks digging around in our compost heap or scrambling in the ditch and we don't want them lifting the lid on a bee hive - that would definitely end in tears!
They are in a good spot, a short fly into the willow beds on the other side of the stream. There are flowers and apple trees in all the gardens along our street.
We'll try to keep this honey separate from the rest, just to compare the taste. Maybe we can even try and sell it in the Kiosk at the bus terminus.
We searched again for the queen in this hive and she is definitely there, a huge healthy queen, and there are new larvae in several of the frames. The hive looks healthy and active.
Didn't identify the queen (again), not much larvae in the bottom of the hive, but otherwise quite active.
removed nine frames with honey (but not very heavy and partially covered).
Langstroth box with 10 frames at the bottom of the hive
One farrar box above and food tray.
Question: Should we get a new queen for this hive?
Could not find the queen in this hive.
Two lower farrar boxes contain ten L-frames.
Removed 5 honey cakes on farrar frames.
Find the queen.
Put the L-box at the base of the hive.
Remove any honeycakes on L-frames and also remove honey on farrar frames.
Add a food box.
Opened the hive to do some general maintenance and found there were only 9 farrar frames in the bottom instead of then. So there was lots of wild growth which we had to remove.
The hive looked good, several frames were full of honey and covered in wax so probably ready to remove soon.