On Friday afternoon, I took advantage of a break in the weather to go through the hive. There were still plenty of bees, brood and stores. As the hive was still so full I was concerned about cast swarms, especially as there were around a dozen capped queen cells visible! I took the opportunity to remove them from the conversion hive, doing a chop'n'crop (demonstrated here) to remove the frames, and split them between two new Kenyan Top-Bar Hives, one 3 foot (which will stay in the garden) and the other, 4 foot (which is being moved to a friends house where they will hopefully help pollinating his fruit trees.
The Three Foot Hive
I'm using a selection of top-bar designs in the new hives to see which works the best at preventing cross-combing. Cross-combing was beginning to become a problem. The last few combs were becoming more curved rather than full-on crossing the bars. Spacers between the bars was not helping. Most of these bars had just a wax filled kerf. You should be able to see in the picture that I have routed a chamfer on the edge of the bars to make a more complete barrier to cross-combing (I hope).
Waxed Kerf, V and Popsicle Stick
Now patience is needed again as I wait for the new queens to hatch, fly and mate, then start laying before I can be confident that all is well.