Aha well finally had a look at the 3rd hive, the one created from the one I knocked over. Plenty of stores, nice brood pattern, 2 up, 2 down. Nice neat bees these ones.
Now heres the fun bit you sadists, only one sting. They wernt really interested in me at all. Just let me do my job. Im guessing theres a new queen in this one that mated with a wild bee or one from my tameish hive. I pinched a nice frame of honey that is clean enough to cut and put in my honey jars. Bulk em up a bit for a lot less work with a nice piece of comb, looks good, people like it, dont see that in the shops you see.
Had to put the hose on one yesterday that was copping the full 116 degrees, its less that half as hot as it was this time yesterday, back in the 60s.
I tried to process some of last autumns honey today, had crystalised but I was hoping the heat had done its job but not so and with the capping wax, not much flow happening despite it being warm. Do I need a coarser sieve? I think I have 600 and 300 nylon bags.
This weekend I will look at another.