I'm very new to beekeeping and I've got a couple of questions about my hive.
I got a hive from a new swarm a few months ago in early spring (I'm in Australia, we've just hit summer.) and it grew rapidly for about a month. At that point I put another box of frames on top of the old one and have seen next to no growth since. There does appear to be a decent amount of brood, but much of it appears to be producing drones (larger cells all through the brood). The last couple of times I have opened the box there have been very few bees in the top box, perhaps only 20. I'm still a bit hazy on what bee is what but I think there are few workers in the hive.
I would have thought that this time of year is very productive for bees, but perhaps I'm wrong.
Any advice on whether to worry or not would be appreciated.