We did my last inspection of our hives today for the season, so I thought I'd do a quick update.
Last time we checked was around 6 weeks ago, and All 3 hives were backfilling their brood nest and I was freaking out that they were starting swarm prep, so gave a standard super to each (as they were largely ignoring the flow frames).
Today I simply wanted to ensure we have queens going into winter, so we were looking for signs of some brood and young larvae. What we saw was a lot of brood! The bees have essentially moved all their honey up to the supers and the brood box is again pretty much wall to wall worker brood, larvae and a couple of drones dotted around We didn't look to hard for the queen as all looked so good in them all. They also each have a full standard super of mostly capped honey that we will be leaving them for winter.
I must say I did not expect this much brood as I thought they were winding down for winter weeks ago but clearly there was a space issue which we rectified by adding standard supers. I guess the warm weather and still flowering Marri has led them to breed in strength. My only slight concern is that they are going to have a lot of mouths to feed over winter, but as we are leaving them lots of honey it shouldn't be a problem. I think we should have some extremely strong hives coming out of winter and going into the spring flow. I predict next year will be a good one up on our hill