Getting ready for winter now and I just don’t have the experience to know if there is enough room for the queen to lay through the winter
I have a few colonies with only 4 or 5 frames (all covered with bees).
They were low on stores so I started feeding them a couple of weeks ago. To my surprise, turns out there was a mini flow going on at the same time because now I can easily find 2 or even 3 honey frames out of 4 or 5 frames (yes a couple have 3 out of 4 frames full of honey).
For a colony of only 4 or 5 frames size, how many of those should be honey frames?
I’m worried that the queen won’t have enough room to produce winter bees.
I’m reluctant to put more foundation frames in because I want them to winter with as little space as possible.
They’re all housed in 8 frame boxes with movable 50mm foam partitions I’ve cut out, so I can expand their space if I need to put in frames
Thanks for you help in advance