Problems with the Patty bees
I opened the Patty bee hive this morning because I could see through the window that they’d totally filled up the box with comb. The concern was that if they ran out of space, they’d start making a new queen and the old queen would leave with half the workers. The first comb that I examined was almost perfect and filled with honey, as was the second. By the fourth bar, it became apparent that there was a problem. Instead of building a nice heart-shaped comb along the width of the top bar, the bees had built several thinner combs diagonally along several bars. To make a long, sweaty story short, I had to remove about 3 bars and unfortunately destroyed quite a few larvae. I’m quite sad about that and in the near future we’ll be moving these bees into a modified Langstroth hive where they have more room for expansion.