after our last awful season we are having a massive spring for hives. All hives have wall to wall brood- and nectar just pouring in. I put a flow super onto my mothers hive around 8 days ago- and it is already maybe 65% full. I caught a massive swarm and hived it in a two story 10 frame Nuc box tower hive- the swarm filled all ten frames with nectar in just ten days and then absconded- I assume because the queen had no space to lay. We caught it and put it into a larger hive. I inspected a swarm I caught a month ago in a ten frame box- it had built the entire thing, wall to wall brood and 5 kg’s of honey in the lid. I sold that hive and the new owners put a super on the day they got it home and got the 5kgs from the lid- not bad for their first day of beekeeping! I fully expect that super will fill with another 30kg’s ovwer the next fortnight- assuming this flow continues.
If you have hives in Adelaide- be ready to catch this flow- get your boxes on and be sure the bees have room to expand into. Swarming has started to slow down but I expect more hives will swarm as they become honeybound if you don’t harvest regularly enough.
Hives in the hills are a few weeks behind- but things are just ramping up with flowers blossoming everywhere. Great days to be a beekeeper.