- There are a few bees inside the quilt. They made a furrow. I wonder if it is to get more ventilation?
- The top box has some cross combs between several frames, but the lateral frames are free.
- The top box is heavy.
- The second box has some weight, but less that the top box. It is about 60-70% built. This is an estimation, as I did not remove any frames.
- The third and fourth boxes are empty.
- I need a frame lifter, I am not confident enough and don't have the dexterity to remove frames without making the bees get defensive.
- I found two drones. Good thing I can recognize them. One of them was on top of the top bar ("what is the queen doing here ??? wait a minute..."), the other one outside on a brick. Both looked amazingly lazy compared to the busy workers.
- I am not yet a beekeeper (I am a "bee haver"). Lots of progress still to be made. I am crushing a lot of bees.
I put a piece of burlap on top of the hive, below the quilt, and another one on top of the wood chips inside the quilt.
I then closed the hive. I later realized tens of bees were trapped between the bottom of the quilt, and the piece of burlap. When I realized it, most were dead. A few escaped.
I was confident enough to remove the roof and lift the quilt to let bees escape, without wearing a bee suit.
I did not get stung yet.