last time I went by the hive saw only a few bees on the landing board and they were bigger and darker than those I usually saw, so wondered if the hive was throwing out the drones for the winter, all I had was drones, or had someone else taken over the hive.
Our weather has been low 50’s at night, with 80’s during the day, so still warm, although the days are visibly shortening. Probably the bees respond to a combination of both
At this point I’m getting concerned. Had not gone this far forward in August and at that time there was some capped honey, some capped brood, a lot more bees. the drop off in bees is to be expected, but that total lack of brood concerns me greatly as well as the small amount of honey
Think the queen is in that ball on the back of #7, but never got a good look at her when I hived the package, so can’t be sure.
Did move the false back to #13. still so warm don’t want to overheat the hive, but want them to get the message that its smaller and to contract. They have not sealed off any of the front opening.