So there's stilll 3 weeks of winter here in Melbourne, Aus... the nights are still cold, maximums this week are in the 15oC range (59oF) through the day... nights are cold. So i went in to my hive expecting a small brood nest, some stores being depeted! how wrong was i!
The hive is booming! 6 frames packed full of brood! 2 frames packed full of honey! Lots of drones and the hive was packed, and i mean packed, with bees!
So looks like things are rolling early here! I took three frames out for the nuc! two packed full of brood and one full of honey - i took bees associated with the frames too. I consolidated all of the frames to make a complete brood nest again and put empty frames back in on the outside.
In the coming weeks i'm going to add a second brood nest once things have warmed up a little more...
Should i be worried with the amount of drones i saw? Is there anything special i should be doing?