Hi folks I need some advice - here’s what I wrote after my inspection two weeks ago:
- STILL one empty frame in the medium, and not completely built on the rest. All the combs in the medium were either dry or filled with pollen.
I looked into the hive yesterday - 85F here - to put a beetle trap in and to see if the last two weeks of 2:1 syrup feeding had resulted in hoped-for increase of comb and/or storage in that medium box. Nope! Looked pretty much the same as it did two weeks ago. Combs were partially filling frames, some cells filled with pollen & many cells just empty. Also, even though numbers are reducing & foragers would have been out, there were so few bees on these combs I can’t help but wonder about space management for winter.
Switch the medium box to the top of the nice full deep box so it becomes a more convenient syrup storage place for the bees
Remove the medium box altogether and devise a way of letting them keep the decent amount of stored pollen, leaving them with one nice full deep for what seems like a small but healthy colony for winter
Leave the setup as it is, keep feeding & assume the bees will handle the space
Thanks for your input- my bee mentor is MIA