Today I started stripping hives down to travel height, removing the last boxes of honey and the empties too. Worked two yards and got two and 3/5 pallets of honey. Went thru the 5 frame nucs here at home and got three deeps of honey from 7 nucs. Left two of them two story, the rest singles.
One of the ones I left two story had a good bit of capped brood and eggs and 2 queens. Two adult mated queens. I don't recall seeing that in ages. Most of the rest of the nucs had no capped brood. Some had a patch of eggs about the size of a cap for a 5lb jar. Must have been some late swarming or supersedure goin' on.
Since I'm taking the honey somewhere else to be extracted, I am setting the pallets of honey on the ground, covering them w/ tarps and nets. And, since the way I am taking off the honey means bringing bees home in the supers, before covering the pallets of honey w/ tarps, I am putting a nuc on the pallet so the bees might find a usefull place to gather.
Sixteen more yards to go. And then, once all the pallets of honey are out of here, I can start gathering for the trip south.