After watching our happy, active bees for a week, Adam decided the large Langstroth hive was good for making a split. That means he will remove some bees, brood, and food from the hive and place it all in another small box, called a Nuc Box. A Nuc Box looks like this. It's the small box sitting on top:
Here's the Langstroth, such a healthy hive. The two small boxes in the middle of the stack are the oldest bee boxes we own. They came from the original bees we were given by an elderly gentleman in Statesville nearly five years ago. His daddy had a hive of bees at their lake house. Those boxes are very old. You can read about that first adventure here.
He replaces all the boxes in the stack. Then he begins to examine individual frames in the top box, looking for good candidates to transfer into the Nuc Box.
I tried to get some photos today of bees with heavy pollen in their "saddle bags." Bees are hard to photograph!