I noticed in the last few weeks some nice white wax in the honey super, and that is why I thought it might be time to check on things.
I opened up the hives on the weekend and was happy to see that the 2 hives in my suburban backyard are doing well.
My nuc hive (4fr + 4 fr super) was pretty strong and had 2 MASSIVE combs of uncapped honey, and 2 frames they haven't started on. The two combs with honey are the thickest I've seen to date, almost 50mm thick and really heavy. I put the hive into a 10fr box and raised the honey frames to a super above which opened up the brood, and hopefully gets them at a peak for Spring.
My other hive had 2 x 10fr boxes (1 brood 1 honey super no QE). The brood box was full and partly backfilled with honey, so I opened it yesterday arvo and added another 10fr box underneath the, and split the brood to put the honeybound frames on top, and the frames that were majority brood went to the bottom with outside frames of honey/pollen, plus a couple of additional frames of foundation to open it up.
This hive is doing great - heaps of bees, and over winter they have filled a 10fr super with uncapped honey.
Unfortunately I should not have done the manipulation yesterday arvo, as by the time I had everything open, the sun was setting, and the bees got REALLY cranky.
Wearing all my gear I copped:
1st sting on the outside of my left leg
2nd sting on my right little toe (runners not so good)
3rd sting on my waist
4th sting under my left armpit
5th and 6th left arm/elbow
7th Left butt cheek
8th Right butt cheek
9th Right wrist
10th Right bicep
11th Right palm
Needless to say I won't be opening a hive again anywhere near sunset unless I absolutely need to.
Man they were cranky..........