Hi bee friends,
I know this has been a hot topic, and I’ve read through the recent threads related to this. But as my daughter and I are first-season beekeepers, I hope you will indulge us in asking about our specific situation.
We installed our package of bees on May 8. We did an inspection of our hive yesterday afternoon, you can see pictures of the individual frames here. It looks to me that the frames are >= 80% built out, with a good amount of brood, though maybe a bit light on honey. The frames certainly seem full of bees. We are worried about a) the bees running out of room, and b) not having sufficient stores for the winter - we live in Stamford, Connecticut, and our winters can be cold and snowy.
Our current thinking, based on the state of the hive, is to add a second brood box with waxed foundation frames, with a queen excluder to force them to use the new box for honey stores for the winter, not brood. And, since we have a dearth coming up, we are thinking of providing sugar water to help them build the new comb.
Does this seem reasonable, based on the state of our hive and climate?