I've found a place for a third hive and set it up last Friday (3/5/2010). It's at a house on the east side of San Jose (initials will be ES).
Just tonight I setup a swarm hive (NUC). It's a smaller deep hive box that only holds 5 frames. I've put the 3 frames I removed and scraped off the honey. The frames still have wax and honey on them wax so hopefully any swarm in the area will move in and setup house. While I was there I did a quick check of the hive. There are a small group of bees on the front porch bundled up on one side (about 20). I could feel the heat coming from the entrance. Wonder if I need to put the reducer back in. I did a quick peak under the cover, there were lots of bees in the top super. As well as about 12 small earwigs! Argh! I scraped them off of the hive with my knife blade, looks like I need to refresh the oil in the cat food cans the legs of the base stand in.
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