I drained one frame this weekend, as I’ll be removing the flow supers and beginning fall treatment and management next week. It is so unbelievably cool to harvest directly from the hive, especially after harvesting a few frames the traditional way, so much simpler!
I opened in sections, and had no leakage at all. I removed the frame after to inspect, and the majority of the capping wasn’t even broken.
Afterward, I performed a full inspection. The upper brood box was almost completely full of honey, all 10 frames. In the lower brood box there was only brood on 2 1/2 frames. I’m nervous that they may not be strong enough going into winter. I can’t tell if her laying has been choked off with honey above, or is she simply not very prolific.
Any thoughts on next steps?
I was thinking of replacing a couple of the honey bound frames in the second brood box with empty frames next weekend to see if she increases laying, but if that doesn’t work I’m running out of time for re-queening. There are still drones flying right now, but cool weather will be here in a few weeks (20C highs and 5-10C nights) so I think the opportunity is fading fast.