About two weeks ago I changed my SHB trap strategy from the corflute bottom board covered in felt to a more snugly fitting beetle trap tray with oil which means less ventilation going into the hive. Ever since I did this I’ve been catching more beetles but I’ve also noticed my bees are bearding a lot more. During the day when its warm and even at night when its cooler (its still about 24 degrees here in Sydney tonight)
This photo was taken tonight at about 9pm:
Most things I read tells me bearding is about the bees cooling off and that seems the most sensible answer in this case, particularly in light of the change in ventilation but the newbie in me wants to instinctively think they have run out of room inside! So that thought brings me to the actual question - how would I know if they’ve run out of space and I need to add another super?
Some details about my hive:
Mid October: I installed the a 5 frame nuc plus 3 empty frames into the brood box (only). When I inspected 2 weeks later the 3 empty frames were full so:
End of October: I added the flow super and the bees started filling the flow frames with honey pretty quickly
Mid December (last weekend): I harvested 2 flow frames and it looks like another 2-3 might be ready to harvest in the coming weekend.
In the FAQs for Flow Hive it indicates you might be able to get away with one Flow super per hive if you keep tapping the honey to make room, however, reading on this forum it seems that a lot of people are either using or intending on using additional supers.
If I did need to add another super - it wouldn’t be able to be a 2nd Flow super since orders for those don’t ship until next year… but do I need some solution on standby in case they do run out of space or am I being newbie paranoid?
Thanks for your advice.