So here we are at week 5 of our 3lb install. If you recall, last week i took out a queen cup. All week there has been great activity, some small bearding. I suspected that with new hatching they may be hitting that 80% mark. This is an 8 frame flow hive. You can see tons of brood, honey and pollen. There was only 1 frame that was just starting to get built out. For the first time in 4 inspections, they were a bit more aggressive and i got stung twice on hand. In past they were really docile and nit interested in me at all. Today however they were buzzing me heavily. I dont usually smoke them but today i did a little. A bit of disclosure, i had been woriking in yard all morn sweating pretty heavily. I read that they dont like sweaty stinky humans so maybe they were telling me to shower?
I think we still have strong pollen and nectar resources so doubt they are hungry.
I did see queen again and looks like a ton of new brood, eggs, pollen and honey.
Question for smart folks- why are some cells so strongly yellowed while others are more white? Are white capped cells always honey?
So after inspecting, i deemed it ok to add another brood box. I took 2 solid frames of honey/pollen and moved them to left and right outer positions of new box and placed new box under original. I added to new empty waxed foundation frames to top box at outer positions. I also figured we may be heading into dearth here soon so i added some syrup to top feeder and closed it all back up.
Anyone see any problems with what i did today? Anything i need to look for? Should i reduce entrance now to help them defend larger space?
Also, no signs of mites or moths or illness although by no means trained.
Hope you enjoy photos. They are in order moving from frame 1 to 8