Hello all, Picked up my Nuc today. Got the girls home and let them hang out next to the new hive for a while with the Nuc entrance open so they could come out and cool down since it was a bit warm today. About 7pm they looked mellow enough to transfer to the hive body so I fired up the smoker. Figured I'd man up and go at it sans gloves, no cussing ensued so that worked out ok. The frames were stuck together so I was able to take them out as a whole unit and stuck them in the hive like that. Filled the rest with new frames and done in about 15 min. All went smooth as butter. I finally figured out I was missing the bottom board. Not sure if it never got ordered or didn't get packed since the hive was a gift from my father. So I had to make due with the screened bottom and stand then set all that on some plywood. I'll have to order a real bottom board the week. I have an order in with Mann Lake for a frame feeder so I'll have to add that on. Cooling off time We're on 10 acres. Hive faces south east and will catch full sun till about noon. Behind is a LARGE (50'x10') blackberry mass for wind break (good) but critters live there (bad). I placed a brick on the top to keep them out, I hope. My big garden is about 100' away so they will have a lot to choose from between that and the blackberries, not including all the wild flowers. Home sweet home Any tips??? Any reason I should have pulled the frames apart? Do I need to be feeding sugar water to help them stay strong early on? Bloom is just about to be full on in the next week or two.