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Great hive inspections

Inspected all three hives. All are strong with plenty of brood. All have honey but no solid frames of honey - all have brood in the middle and honey around the edges. Some solid frames of honey are in the works and some stored sugar water. I have no reason for alarm with anything I saw today. On the contrary, everything looks good. I was suprised at how strong hive 3 is - that's the one that swarmed several times.

Reconfigured all three hives

Hive 3 (out front): Added a honey super. This was the hive I added one to some weeks ago and then took it off as it wasn't ready. Today it's ready. Also pulled some frames and saw a nice brood pattern.

Hive 4: Added a second deep to it. The first deep is filled out nicely with brood and honey. Not all the way to the edges as the end frames aren't drawn, but there is enough congestion to merit it.

Mid-season hive update

Hive 3 (C) - This is a strong hive out in front of the house. I put a super on it the other day in preparation for the nectar flow but then realized that I hadn't really checked to see how full the supers were. Today I saw lots of healthy capped brood in the brood chamber and some frames of sugar water stored in the upper super but that's it. I removed the empty super. Hive looks very healthy.

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