Hey all, I am very new to bee keeping and just got my first package this past spring. The hive seems to be doing great and is full of bees although we have been in a terrible drout this year. I have been feeding them all summer. For their hive I have oen deep brood chamber as well as a second deep brood chamber for them to store their food for the winter. Through the feeding which has been about a gallon of syrup water about every two days or so they have nearly filled the second deep hive body. I have not checked their brood chamber in about 2 months as to not disturb them too much but I decided to check it this past week.
When I took the top hive body off and started to check the bottom hive body I found a couple things that bothered me.
1. I noticed that they are using very little of the brood chamber for actual brood raising and have filled a couple of the frames up full of honey and are only using the center 4 or 5 frames for actual brood. Is this normal for this time of year as they are getting ready for winter or have I over fed them and they are using that for storage rather than the top chambers?
2. The second thing I found is that with in the brood there are a lot of the cells that look about half full but rather than the white pupil growing as I thought it was suppose to be they are a yellowish/brown color. I tested the substance with a small stick and it seems rather stiff and not sticky like the honey or anything. Is this yellowish/brown a normal stage of development and they hive is healthy or do I have a problem that I need to address? I have trid to read up on it and the only thing I can find close is American Fouldbrood but as I said after checking the stuff int he chambers is not sticky. I have several pictures both of two full frames and a couple close ups of the frames is anyoen can look at them and tell me if they are healthy or if I have a problem I need to address. If there is a problem with the hive please let me know what method I need to take to correct it before winter hits. Here is the link to my pictures. http://www.flickr.com/photos/15508638@N03/ Sorry a couple of the pictures are a little blured but it is hard to hold the frames and take pitures in one of those suits and gloves. Thanks for any assistance. New bee keeper/ Lee