I have a few hives that are quite heavily populated such that the supers and pretty jammed with bees and the deeps (2) look quite busy as well.
Wondering if anyone does anything special after removing the supers to deal with all the congestion.
I normally never really deal with it and just let them stay congested and deal with the rare fall swarm, but this is a very odd year and any spring swarms I had were so early that the hives or swarm colonies are now busting with bees.
I had an early august swarm which I don't think I have ever had before (except in my observation hive that swarms willy-nilly because it is only 3.5 frames).
Such a weird year with the warm winter, draught and hot spring summer, now an august that isn't acting at all like august . . . not as quite as dry and hot as usual and more alfalfa blooming and not being cut around here. Goldenrod seems like it will be big, but so far it is just barely getting started.
So again, curious if others do anything special during honey harvest time with their busiest colonies when removing supers.
Almost thinking of reversing the 2 deeps since I am sure they are ignoring part of the bottom box. Or even considering adding a 3rd deep to the most populated hives, but that would require a lot more equipment if I was to do it to many and I wouldn't have enough drawn frames to do this to many.