Here's a shot inside one of our hives after removing 4 frames.
Mine are not quite this full inside, but close.
Enjoy the bees (and the honey too!)
Thanks, I will!
I think I may not have been exactly clear about what I'm experiencing...I wish I had taken the camera out with me, a picture may truly be worth 1000 words in this case.
I start at one end, take out a few frames, and hang them on the frame hangars. That gives me the space I need to remove, examine, and replace the remaining frames. Then I replace the frames that are on the hangar when I'm finished. When I get to the last frame to replace, there may be a 3-inch knot of bees near the top of one or both sides of the frame. Maybe they're all trying to gorge on the small ribbon of honey that's at the top of the frame? Obviously, the opening left for this last frame isn't 3", so I'm trying to figure out how to get them to "spread out" on the frame to make it fit. Going very slowly and carefully seems to be a good idea, but maybe I wasn't going slowly enough, because they didn't seem to care that the room available for them to clump was being reduced.