Hello all. This spring/summer is my first honey flow (Sydney, Australia) and I need an opinion on what should be my next step. Our hive is absolutely booming, to the point that I’m not sure how to handle it!
After a strong start to the spring, I added a second brood box around four weeks ago as I noticed a lot of what I assumed was pre-swarm behaviour (bees massing outside of the hive, not bearding/fanning as it was not a warm day). They quickly moved into the new brood box, and the Flow frames of the super were soon all full.
I have subsequently harvested a number of frames, and they seem to be replenished within a few days each time. My issue now is that I seem to be running out of room once again, and I have noticed large numbers of bees massing outside in the past few days!
I am worried about the hive becoming honey bound, but the new honey in the Flow frames is not yet ripe (it seems to be very runny) so I am reluctant to keep harvesting it. To complicate things, one of the frames I harvested yesterday showed evidence of a laying worker (I think) as there was one larvae that emerged when I harvested.
What would you all advise? To clarify the current hive configuration - I now have two full-depth brood boxes and and super with six Flow frames. Thanks so much in advance.