I am coming up on 11 months as a beekeeper now. The original hive I bought last year in Mid July is finally coming around. I bought the complete hive and equipment from a guy selling out on Craigslist. I moved them to the new location in the middle of the worst drought we have had in several years. The bees were in a 2 deep Kelley hive and they were struggling. Everything was brown around here at the time and would continue that way until a hurricane in the gulf brought us rain on Labor Day. They dwindled down and the queen quit laying till the rains greened things up. They wintered and this spring I had a queen and about 1 frame of bees.
I condensed them down in a 5 frame nuc and fed them to keep them going. They built up this spring and several weeks ago I added another 5 frame deep to the nuc. They filled it out pretty good and today they graduated back to the original hive, a 2) 10 frame deep.
The nuc box had an entrance hole along with the bottom entrance. They have always preferred a higher entrance. When I changed out the hives this afternoon, they were all coming back and hitting the side of the hive, ignoring the bottom entrance. I drilled them a new hole in the top deep and some of them took to it. The rest wandered down to the bottom entrance.
I sit out watching them and had a few more beers till everything seemed back to normal.
The new hives are another story.