Kirk came by and we opened up the hive this afternoon. Things look pretty good in there ! We added our 3rd box last week and we are going to prep 3 more boxes this weekend in anticipation of a busy spring. We have tons of brood in there and expect our bee population to come close to doubling in the next couple of months.
Kirk spotted the queen when we were putting the hive back together, which was very exciting as that was our first time seeing her. She is rather large (for a bee) and Her Highness seemed intent on getting back into the hive to lay herself silly.
I also finally got my introductory sting, which wasn't nearly as bad as I had feared. Lemon juice made it much less painful.
Looks like the first honey harvest will be June-ish!