(Please forgive what’s probably a stupid question from a first-time beekeeper.)
I’ve been using my Flow Hive for about six weeks, and things seem to be going really well, but I just noticed something odd that I probably should have noticed at the start. In the brood box, even with all eight frames inside, there’s extra space at one end. (A ninth frame might fit, but I’m not sure.) At first, I assumed this was intentional, to make it easier to remove frames, and while things were getting started and the bees were drawing out comb on the frames, it didn’t matter.
Last week, I added the Flow Super, and that seems to be doing beautifully, but now that all the frames down in the brood box are drawn out, the bees are filling the empty space at the end of the brood box with comb. When I inspected things yesterday, it was tricky to remove the frame next to the empty space without breaking the comb and getting honey everywhere and drowning bees.
Based on the instructional manual, I think I have the right number of frames, so why is there extra space? Should I just leave it alone? Should I try to add another frame? I really appreciate any advice you can give. Thanks!