Got a call from a neighbour out at the farm last week to say that all his box gum is flowering and that my girls looked to be very busy..?
Went out to check today and sure enough they are still hard at it even though we had negatives again last night and only a top of 11 today! Was very impressed
I decided to take a quick peek in the top of their hives just out of curiosity (I use clear vinyl for hive mats so I can see what's going on without having to completely open them up to the cold or smoke them) and to my surprise both hives have all 8 frames full of capped honey in their top boxes - so full in fact that they have begun constructing burr comb between all the frames! I know this winter has been pretty mild so far but I'm certain mother nature has forgotten to tell the girls they can take it easy for a few weeks!
I am probably a little concerned/curious though - If I saw that at any other time other than smack bang in the middle of winter, I would be looking to add another super or at very least swap out a few frames with empties to give the girls some more room, but that would seem a pretty bad move currently given temps most nights are below zero. I'm thinking I will just keep a closer eye on things and if they start to really bind up I may have to interfere. Any thoughts or similar experiences?