It's been around 100 in these parts lately,so I've been adding water sources for the bees. I'm getting a lot of bearding out front,which I suppose is fine given the heat. They beard heavily in the late afternoon/evening,but are all inside by morning. However I'm curious if this may also be a space/crowding issue. I have two first year hives from package bees, each currently with a deep and a medium for brood. I added the medium when the deep was at about 7 frames of drawn out comb. My last check,two weeks back showed only 3 frames drawn out on one of the mediums,and 5 on the other. They seem to be keeping the brood area very narrow,but filling out the middle frames quite consistently. Should I super again,even though they don't seem to be filling the outer frames or drawing out very quickly?
For what it's worth,the frames seem to have a good pattern to them-the nice rainbow shape,with consistent brood,lots of pollen and some honey in the corners. These gals just seem a bit slow.