Hi everyone! I started taking pictures from the first cut constructing my KTBH, but I can't find those discs. I posted photos from just before Hive 1 was completed through to my inspection on the 21st. I wanted to share them with you and get your feedback. One of the things on which I'd like your opinions is why the girls seem to only be building on 2/3 the width of the bars. They're working 10 frames so far, but none of them to the width of the hive.
I haven't pulled bars to check them yet because when I installed the bees I put 8 brood bars in and 5 honey "blanks" - they didn't have a comb guide on them yet) just to give me more room to pour bees. The girls decided, of course, to start building on the blanks rather than the brrod bars. Ugh! They're building on both, now, but when I separated the bars just enough to look between them it appears that they may not be building straight and crossing the bars. Should I just not worry about that since I'm just starting the hive and know I won't worry about honey this year or??
Anyhoo, here's the link to my Bee Stuff http://www.oregon-rain.net/Bee%20Stuff/Bees.htm
Second question - I have a Nuc with Italians and I'm not sure how long I have to finish Hive 2 before they outgrow the nuc. I've had it for 2 weeks. No, I haven't opened it up because the weather has been crap. That's my excuse... last week I didn't open it up either and it was nice. I'm going to go check it this morning. Oh, the question is, should I use smoke on the Nuc? I haven't fired up my smoker yet since Hive 1 was perfectly happy to let me check them using syrup spray with Honey B Healthy in it and motivating them gently with the bee brush.
Thanks in advance for your input!