A few weeks ago, George Kelley, a Washington beekeeper, was called to look at a derelict chicken coop containing a large colony of honey bees. The coop had just lost a wall and the owner was afraid the bees would die. George went in, removed the hive, and installed the bees in their own hive. He sent along these interesting pics:
This is the side of the coop with the hive entrance. You can see a few bees in flight. © George Kelley
I like this photo because it clearly shows building down, not up. Here, the comb is attached at the top, and the bees added more comb wherever they found some space. © George Kelley.
The bees, now in their own coop, are being fed in preparation for winter. ©George Kelley.