We're planning for seventy new hives (~700,000 bees!), and each new colony will need a full set of equipment (bottom board, several deep boxes, frames with foundation, inner covers, telescoping covers, and more). Everything has to be assembled, primed, and painted before the bees arrive next month. Even the perpetually enthusiastic Brownie is tired from all the work.
In case you're interested in learning more, below is a video demonstrating the process for assembling frames with wired foundation. Once the new bees come in, we'll provide them with these frames so they can build their honeycomb in a neat and convenient manner.