Well it was long overdue. I did a deep thorough inspection of the main hive. It was long overdue. I didn't take any pictures.
The hive has two medums one deep and then one medium from top to bottom.
The hive is healthy, darn healthy. Brood is in all the bodies except the bottom one.
I saw a frame of nothing but pollen. Both sides. A little honey in the corners but it was 99% pollen.
I let the drone comb build between the bottom of the frames (permacomb) to the top of the next set of frames. Those cells invetably become drone comb. The deep box contains deep frames. All the mediums contain permacomb. What was the result of inpecting the cells for varroa. Varroa count for all intents and purposes was zero. I spent 15 min looking into cells pulling drone larvae and even some worker larvae. I found none. I am not so foolish as to believe there aren't any but I could not find any which is really nice.
There are some nice honey frames. mixed in with the brood frames. I will leave those alone.
I saw about 12 SHB in the corner of the top box. They are now dead. I saw one other on a frame. That SHB is now pushing up daisies.
I have some propolis building bees. They made prying apart the hive difficult.
My propolis is brown and white not red, mine has the consistancy of chewing gum.
There were open swarm cells on the bottom of about 8 frames. I think they swarmed a while ago.
I added a medium box with permacomb to the bottom of the hive. I took a pressure washer to them because they were being reused. I did not do a pretreat on them. I did this over a month ago. They have done nothing with it. There were bees on it. However not one cell had pollen or honey or anything. I am going to pull the box and replace it with a preped permacomb box and stick it on top. I call this a rejection. It is my first.
I still have deep in the structure. It is darn heavy and trying to take one of the frames out the frame started to fall apart. You try explaining to to a couple hundred bees that you are Mr. Fix It. They get very testy when they haven't issued a work order number.
Overall I am thrilled with the hive. I could consider doing a split. But I think I want to take this hive and turn them into honey gathering monsters.
Advice, suggestions, and good ideas welcome.
PS. Somewhere along the line I broke a thousand posts. It gives me the title of Queen bee. A nice title but there is only one queen per hive and in this case I believe that should be John (beemaster). I noticed there are no drone ranks. I would love to be the only drone in the beemaster hive. So if that can happen awesome if not, I understand. My therapist and medication will help me through it.