Today I opened the hives. I needed to make sure that the queen had been released. That, and I wanted to get a look inside. I was nervous, but I was about as ready as I was gonna be. I grabbed some burlap and got the smoker going. Donned my veil and gloves and started in. Maybe you guys that have been at this awhile have forgotten (hopefully not) But. . . How cool are these creatures?!!! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: I think I spent more time marveling at their work and watching them work than I did doing my tasks. I went in to check to make sure that the queens had been released. They had. I also wanted to find the queens, I did. After that I was supposed to check for brood, I didn't. I just looked over the comb they had created in the 7 days that they have been in their new home. Simply Spectacular! Here are a couple of pictures of my visit. The first one shows the bees coming in fully loaded. The second is the comb they've made on one frame in a week's time. I found the queens in both hives, and they are alive and well. Both hives seem to be doing fine. What else should I be looking for when I open up the hives? And, how often is too often to go in for a look?