He was sick about it and got a late spring nuc to replace the bees so I went up to the farm and installed them. I took apart the dead hive and felt just ill to see the thousands of dead bees inside the hive on the screened bottom board:
Oh, no. I didn't bring a deep with me and I couldn't remember what had happened to the deep I had up in the mountains for one of the two hives I had last year. Perhaps I had taken it back to Atlanta. If I were lucky, maybe it would be in the basement in my house in Rabun county, but I didn't remember exactly storing it there. Although as I thought about it, I began to convince myself that of course it would be in the mountain house basement.
Then I decided that it wasn't there and that I had taken it home to Atlanta. Worried about this and unable to listen to my book on tape for the thoughts in my head, I called Julia to confer about what I might do. Suppose I didn't have a deep? There were two hives up at the farm last year and I had left a two box medium hive and a three box medium hive which was the one that survived the winter (then killed by Roundup).
We talked about maybe I could put two medium boxes (empty) one on top of the other and put the deep frames in the top of the two boxes. The bees would build comb extending from the bottom of the deep frames into the remaining about 3 inches but that would be OK. So that was what I decided to do...make a make-shift Warre hive.
I stopped at the mountain house and sure enough, no deep hive in the basement. I arrived at Robin's farm about noon. I stopped by the barn where I had left a box and lo and behold, it was the deep from last year.
I installed the hive into the deep and put two medium boxes on top of that with some drawn comb in each one.
This hive will collect honey to make it through the winter but we will not harvest from it. The sourwood hasn't started blooming yet in N Georgia (although it may have begun about now) and they can gather nectar from it for the winter.
Cross your fingers that this hive survives and thrives!