The swarm I hived back on the 6th of May are doing nicely. They have been making good progress drawing out honeycomb and bringing in stores of nectar.
This picture shows nicely the difficulties of using top bars without foundation; the bees have their own ideas about the best direction to build out their honeycomb which may not be exactly what the bee keeper has in mind. Early intervention helps to get them straight, so that the next sheets of comb have nice straight lines to build from.
This hive is being transferred to it’s permanent home next week so I’ll be straightening them up at that point.
Incidentally these bees continue to be very docile – I opened their box up to take this photo without any protective gear, wearing a short sleeved shirt. They were very content.