Hello, I am a first year beekeeper. I have just one hive in Czech Republic.
I started with a hive split in mid-July, with 7 built frames and I added 3 empty. As of today all frames are fully built.
After today’s check I found there are no honey in brood box. I didn’t put super this year, planned to do it next year.
I see that queen is still laying eggs. Every frame is full of living bees, the hive is really crowded. A frame or two with larvae, two more frames is full of upcoming bees. No drones. I still observe orientation flights also.
After today’s check I am worried a lot because I saw no honey cells. This is not what I would expect at all. Just three weeks ago half of frames had honey, as usual, at the top and top-corners. I did not notice any signs of starvation either, worker bees looks lively and are of a regular size.
I am lost at this point, I do afraid that bees won’t survive till spring. I am not sure whether bees still have time to collect enough honey.
I am looking for an advice from experienced beekeepers on what I can do right now in order to ensure my bees will survive this winter.