I know that to experienced bee keepers the rhythm of the year is pretty clear. But I am constantly amazed with my first colony. I got the bees from Peter in Botley (thanks again Peter) and added a third box to my warre hive about 6 weeks ago.
For weeks it was empty. This morning when I checked through the window, it’s virtually full. More bees than ever, no sign of drones being expelled. I’ve not fed them at all. The hive feels very heavy – so I’ve just left them alone. All natural. Some wasps hanging around – but getting nowhere.
Should I do anything at all at this stage to maximise the colonies chances over the winter ?
Is there any chance they could still swarm this late in the season ?
perhaps dopey questions – but I’d hate to make a silly error and lose the colony !