From top bar nuc to extra-deep horizontal hive
So the nuc I made about a month ago definitely has a viable queen, my friend Forrest and I confirmed last week by eyeballing capped brood and some open larvae.
I've been building a horizontal hive with extra-deep frames to transfer it into.
I just want to be sure I get the transfer done right because I've never done it before, so please opine if any of the following doesn't make sense, or wrong order, or whatever:
1) Start around 7 p.m. (it's going to take me a while to prepare the nuc bars to go into the new hive, I have to screw the new top bars into the old top bars).
2) Place new hive where nuc was, moving nuc to the side a little.
3) transfer the combs from nuc to new hive. Going to checkboard a little bit since the top bar was frameless and the horizontal hive has frames.
4) Dump any stragglers from nuc on top of the new hive.
5) Close it all up.
6) Keep the entrance small for now. Place some kind of obstruction near the entrance of the new hive so that foragers will know to re-orient. Remove obstruction late the next day.
7) Dance a little jig because I'm so pleased.
How's that sound?
My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.