Background: installed packages on April 15th. Two hives have developed at different rates, but so far both are progressing and are healthy. I added a second brood box to the stronger hive on June 1
On inspection this morning, that stronger South hive is bursting - so many bees, lots of brood in the bottom box, and both boxes heavy with brood and nectar. 99% drawn with comb, and top box (except for the two brood frames I moved there when I added the box) is almost completely filled with nectar.
Could it possibly be time to add a honey super to the strong hive? Not all of the nectar below is capped yet, but they are definitely using all the room I’ve given them.
My question is: Would it be better to simply add a medium box (I don’t have one on hand) and give the bees more stores for the winter, or is two deeps enough and I should see what happens with my flow frames?
I do plan on ordering a couple of medium boxes and frames (or should I stay with deep???) - on the assumption that even if my weaker hive catches up and needs more room, it will be late enough in the season that adding the flow frames would be pointless. Better to have them draw more comb and store in comb so they could use it over the winter.
(FWIW, I expect that the flow will continue here - I have three gigantic linden trees that will be blooming in the next 1-3 weeks. Plus we are close enough to town that, according to my bee class instructor, we shouldn’t really expect a dearth).
And to complicate matters, I leave on Friday for a week…