I started the hive from a 5 frame Nuc 1st November - they filled the brood box with capped brood,pollen and honey mixed.when I had two frames left to draw
December 10th I put a new full 8 frame super on top of the brood box -I didn’t put a queen excluder on as I planned on putting a 3rd box with the excluder between the 2nd & 3rd box and leaving it as 3 boxes for winter (cold weather starting for us around may)
The amount/activity of bees has increased at the entrance and lots of pollen visible on legs etc.
I looked in today at the frames and over half of the new box is drawn comb and it is full of honey but no brood the honey seems to be open as it drips when I lifted the frames which seemed to really agitate the bees- usually they are very placid when I inspect the frames. Today they were not!
the top box middle 3 frames are heavily covered in bees and honey and a lot of the comb is cross combed between the bottom box and the new frames in the top box such that the middle two were completely stuck in by the comb onto the bottom - the bottom box is absolutely full of bees.
Do I trim up all this cross combed - why is there no brood in the new box?
There was also several tiny brown cockroaches on the two outer undrawn frames- what do you do to get rid of them? I squashed the ones I saw.
There is 4 undrawn frames left in this new super but it is all honey - do I put the next super on? Where do I put the queen excluder since she hasn’t seemed to have come up into this new box.