We performed a thorough inspection of our hives (3 of) a couple of days ago.
All looked well with 6 to 7 of the frames of each brood box packed with larvae or capped brood. As we don’t have a harsh winter here in SE Queensland there isn’t any need to be overly concerned with wintering of the hives. Sometimes we add an extra super but remove it as the year progresses. It just keeps it simpler for us.
We run single brood deep 10 frame langstroth with single same sized super.
Now all this led me to thinking of how often we should be inspecting the brood.
I suspect some people never perform inspections, some do it a couple of times a year and others more frequently.
We would do an inspection of the brood box (frame by frame) a half a dozen times a year, most of them around the spring/summer build up. The supers are checked more frequently.
What do others do? How often do you do a full inspection of the brood box/boxes?
All your inputs appreciated