I’ve been inspecting pretty consistently since August, and while the honey initially definitely increased following (and even somewhat over) winter, yesterday when I inspected it looks like the honey stored in the super has gone down significantly. There wasn’t a huge amount to start with (maybe a full frame’s worth of capped honey, spread over several frames), but on top of that, it looks like the stores of honey in the brood box are gone too.
My hive otherwise looks pretty healthy, lots and lots of bees all over the brood box and the flow frames. The only thing that seemed different was that maybe there is less brood than before, but it could just be all the missing honey that used to be in the brood box that makes me think that.
Can I trust that the bees will be able to regulate their population appropriately so as to not starve at this time of year? I mean, it’s spring. There are plenty of blooms around (especially silky oak and jacaranda), but of course it is also very very dry and warm at the moment, and I guess it would be reasonable to think that means there is less nectar around than there would be normally at this time of year. The weather is also being weird - very hot and dry for a week or two, then suddenly it gets really cold again for a few days.
At what point should I start to worry and do something about this? I’m hesitant to feed with a super on; I don’t want syrup honey.
I also think I may have injured my queen during the inspection (I missed her during the inspection and very luckily found her at the end, struggling, and covered in crusher dust on a garden step), so I’ll have to open up in a few days anyway to make sure she is still ok/laying. Will probably take a better inventory of honey then as yesterday I didn’t have enough time to inspect all of the frames thoroughly so maybe there was more honey hiding in there than I thought.
Any thoughts/advice welcomed