Well, the bee saga continues. The first bought batch left. We are not sure what happened. Perhaps they were too upset to stay after all the disturbance? But after inspection of the hive, we know they were happy enough to make a considerable amount of comb and there was also larva present.
So we ordered some more bees.
A few days later, a friend was informed of a swarm not far from here. They had taken up residence in a local parking lot. He contacted Justin and they went and got them. It is possible they are our runaways.
But our new batch arrived the next day. Justin constructed a new top bar hive and they were doing well. Until they left a week later. And so it goes.
So we have another vacancy.