We finally put our flow hive super on top of our 2 brood boxes today after inspecting the hive. We are in Alberta, Canada. Within 3weeks of adding the second brood box, the frames are full and capped with brood in the middle/bottom half. Am a bit confused about a couple of things, looking for help:
- When we added the second brood box, the first was super full, we were probably a bit late adding it. But on this inspection a few of the frames in the first bottom brood box appear to have been cleaned out. That is, the cells are now empty. I’d say maybe 30%. Normal??
- Once the inspection was finished, flowhive super added (finally!! We had a later start with new packages and then had to requeen both hives!!), the bees bearded almost the whole front and a bit of a side. Didn’t think much of it, but then we got a rainstorm so we ran inside. Came back a few hours later, now dusk, the bees are all still there!! Quiet, not swarming, but still sitting in the front of the hive. I understand bearding if it’s a hot sunny day, but in a fairly heavy rainstorm and then into night?? Have I done something wrong? Thanks in advance for any advice!! First year beekeepers here!