I finally got out to the bees today. I was afraid I'd find boxes full of was moths and SHBs. We spent yesterday doing inventory on frames, boxes, tops, bottoms, etc. Got everything loaded up on the new cart headed to the beeyard: Two great looking guys! Our goal today was to: 1: Check the status of bees. 2: Add a second brood box to each hive (if needed). 3: Remove the feeders (everybody is raving about the nectar flow right now, and if it keeps raining, I'm hopeful things will keep blooming). 4: Add cinder blocks to the two hives with nucs and level the hives (I have each hive set on two sets of two cinder blocks so I don't have to bend so much). I was pleasantly surprised to find four boxes completely full of bees. They seemed healthy and happy. There was comb built up into the feeders (maybe ladder comb so they can climb up into the feeder). Dad had to lift the feeder while I stuck a hive tool in there and pried the frames back down into the deep. There was some drone larvae on top of the frames, and the good news is that I didn't see any mites. Also, I had the boards in the screened bottom boards for the installation of the packages and nucs to prevent absconding. I took those out today and looked at them with a magnifying glass. There was a lot of wax and stuff on the boards because they had been in for a month, but I didn't see any mites (but they might have been in there in the mess, and I couldn't see them). A note from last year: After extraction, I put the supers on top of the inner cover on the hive so the bees could clean them out. Well, those silly bees filled then up with honey again. I extracted some and put the uncapped honey frames in the freezer (they're still there, I'll probably put them on a hive in a couple of weeks when the get the deep drawn). Back to this year: I was thinking about that when I put the feeders on the hives to get the bees to clean up the combs and honey out of the bottom of the feeders. I thought I had read or heard that if I put an empty super on top of the inner cover and then put the comb to be cleaned out on top of that, that it might fool the bees to think it was outside the hive, and they'd bring it back down under the inner cover into the hive. Also, I was afraid that if I turned the feeders upside down in the yard for the bees to clean out, it might attract other unwelcome bees from around the neighborhood. So now I have an empty super on each frame on top of the inner cover, and the empty feeders with comb underneath on top of that, and the telescoping covers on top of that. (confused yet?) Anyways, that's where I'm at now. I'm glad I finally got to see into the hives and I'm glad there's no moths of beetles. I may not get much honey this year, but I think I'm headed in the right direction. Dad decided that while he had his bee suit on, he'd mow in front of the hives: And I've still got a swarm trap full of bees I have to deal with sometime in the next few days or maybe Monday.