A week and a half ago we picked up a small keg, approximately 5 gallons, in Los Altos with a new colony of bees in it. We brought it home and kept it as-is until we had time to transfer them into a hive box. Easter Sunday turned out to be a relaxing day with kids going to two easter egg hunts and with no planned bee activities, my dad and I decided to open up the keg.
We have done large wine barrels before so this was a simple task for us. Good thing they haven’t built up much yet and most of the comb was hanging from the top and not attached to the side.
We detached the comb, caught and caged the queen, and then moved everything include the brood and all into a small four frame nuc.