Let me start off with my question, then I’ll show you what I have now. Excuse me in advance if I am just worrying too much…I told myself if they didn’t start drawing out in the Medium by the 1st of August (and it’s pretty much here) that I’d look into if I need to do anything different.
I just did an inspection and found that my Medium that I installed above the Deep I started with is still completely empty with no signs of comb building. I understood that once a box (in this case my Deep) got to 90% built I should add the next box, which I did on 6/26. I have a second Medium to put on before winter as they advise 3x mediums or 2x Deeps in my area (doing the 2x Mediums so they weight less to move, and I don’t see myself moving my bottom Deep much).
As far as I can tell the bees are finding less food as I probably see about half as many (as compared to mid-June or earlier) coming back loaded up with pollen. And we have had very rainy weather for the past 2 weeks. So that has me worried they aren’t finding enough to keep up the building of the foundationless frames and might not be ready for Winter…
Am I worrying too much at this point? Maybe I just put the extra box on too soon (though the heat we had been having I noticed less bearding the next day, so guessing they liked that).
Or should I look into Feeding? (need to get 2x 8-frame Mediums built out and fill for winter and it’s July 30th)
I have also read that if I need them to start building in a new box you can pull a few frames from the current box, but in my case that is Medium and I have Deep…so another idea I had was I could order a Deep, get it sealed in Tung Oil and then swap it with the Medium (probably take a few weeks to get it, seal it, dry) so then I could pull up 3 frames from the bottom and they might start to build? Just another idea going through my head…I know I am showing my newness really bad right now. Then again like I mentioned above, maybe I’m just worrying about nothing.
I have a top entrance I cut into my Inner that came with my Complete Flow Hive. I cut a custom shim to close the bottom entrance. Below are some pictures of the hive, along with a photo of the 3x Foundationless frames (seeing as the other 5 are foundation frames from the NUC they are completely drawn out already) to show how they have been going between 6/26 (top) and 7/30(bottom) as that might affect the answers you give me? It was kind of a cooler day on 6/26 and today it was very warm already when I went out to inspect (no smoke used today, light smoke on 6/26).
My Weather this past month: July Weather for Scottsbluff, NE USA
FRAME 1 (left side) - The entire right side is capped honey, btw. Looks like they used up the honey they had on 6/26 on this side though:
FRAME 2 (left side) - The brood has all hatched, but more capped honey now. The right side is even more capped honey:
FRAME 8 (left side) - HUGE build out here and lots of pollen being stored. The right side looks the same:
P.S. I need to take an evening this coming week to get photos from my last 3 or 4 Inspections posted so you can really see the progression on all the frames.
NOTE: I had hoped to work with a local beek, but that hasn’t worked out well so far and I’m mostly going along so that is why I’m asking here vs. around my own area. I have some feelers out through friends trying to make contact with other beeks that I know are in the area.