I inspected my (only) hive today and this is where I stand.
The (8 frame) brood box has 6 frames that look more or less like this
Other frames had even more capped brood than this one and a bit less honey. The other two (outside) frames are full of capped honey from wall to wall.
I wasn’t able to find the queen, which wasn’t a concern given that all stages of brood were present. In my eyes, and considering that I got this colony in late February, they seem to be thriving. The flow hive on top is about 50% full, of which about 80% is capped.
I live in a place where frosts are common in winter and they can be harsh. I hear and read that a bee colony needs about a box full of honey to survive the winter. For me that is 8 frames of honey. If I take away the flow box and keep the brood box to one box, how does that work? Where am I suppose to put 8 frames of honey if that box is choked full of bees, brood and honey?
Is this colony too strong to keep in one box? Do I need to feed them once I take the flow box off? Would it be better to put the flow box under the brood box and leave the honey in there for them (and keep the Qx between boxes)?
The other observation is that I do not see a lot of pollen in store. I counted an average of 8 bees p/minute carrying pollen into the hive. With that amount of brood, are they using all the available pollen to feed that brood? Are they going to have shortage for the winter?
Ok, I’ll stop for now…
Humm, no. One more. After all this, am I being paranoid about nothing?
Questions, comments, complaints, constructive criticism, all welcome
Than you in advance