Quick question on patterns in the brood box as I am only a new beekeeper. A few months back I had a 5 frame nuc installed into my hive and have been running just the brood box waiting for them to get stronger. With winter coming I figured that I would probably stick with the 1 box as there is plenty of feed around and I would look to put a super on once winter clears. But hive is getting stronger all the time so may have to put something on anyway.
I wanted to ask just one question but thought I would put up a few photos at the same time. I did an inspection today and the queen is laying great. I am in Brisbane and it is cooling down a bit but plenty of flowers out and looks like queen is powering on. What a great queen she is and bees are seriously docile letting me be get away with being a beginner and not get upset with me - thanks @JeffH .
Anyway - the question is…
Q) The next photo below is of a frame that is the 2nd from the outside and it looks like there is a lot of nectar there almost competing with the space for laying workers. I wanted to ask is that what you would expect? I guess that as I don’t have a honey super on there that this would be the case as they need to put it somewhere and seems they want to put pollen in the outer frame so 2nd in is a good dumping ground.
I have 1 empty frame left in the box - which is on the opposite side on the outside. It is a foundationless and at this stage they haven’t built it out so still got a while to go until consider putting on another box I guess. Frame next to that I put in with foundation and bees have built it out, but I wanted to keep a couple of foundationless frames to let them do whatever cells size they want etc. I expected the queen to slow down, but I guess winter here in Brisbane isn’t really what you would call a normal winter - so I could be putting on a box sooner than later.
Just in the interest of sharing, I took a photo of the frame which is on the outside and next to the nectar/brood frame above (on the opposite side to the empty frame)… it was foundationless and they have built it out and have a great range of colours coming in with the pollen. So many flowers around my neighbourhood at the moment so nice to see.
As indicated, I am only new so go easy on me… ha… but any shared knowledge would be greatly appreciated.