Fuzzy and I reversed 2 of his hives and my San Jose hive Monday morning. Reversing involves moving the upper deep to the bottom and moving all brood comb to the new bottom deep. All of the honey frames are removed except the outside ones. The upper deep is populated with empty or partially filled frames. The idea is that the brood hatches on the bottom and the queen stays down there. The bees see they have plenty of room and start filling the empty frames. And I was able to take out 3 frames of honey. My first 3 frames! Woohoo!
I want to do this on the Morgan Hill hive tomorrow. I'll try to take pictures, but the bees were not happy and all over the place. A good way to get them off of a frame of honey is to smack it smartly on something hard and knock them off. To say that gets them irritated is an understatement.
This should be the last big work on the hives until I start adding on a queen excluder and honey supers.
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