The hive lives inside these white boxes (painted white to help keep cool in summer) and are called 'brood boxes.' Bees build their honeycomb inside the box. That's also where they will store their honey. A year from now they will be sharing some of that with me!
They come in and out through a slit at the bottom of the hive.
So I have a week to set up my new bee condo. I pick up my bees and queen next weekend. Soon I'll have to post a sign in my yard like this one in Willis! https://www.bluebonnetbeekeeping.com/