Re: Reversing in Fall??
A strong colony of bees would be one w/ a tight cluster of bees in the coldest part of the year showing bees
visible between 7 or 8 frames when the cover is removed. If in a hive of two deeps this cluster would extend down into the lower box.
at this time of year you might find bees in loose cluster extending from the top oif the hive down almost to the bottom. I have some hives which are two deeps tall w/ bees observable when the cover is removed and then when the two boxes are tilted forward at the same time bees are hanging down below the bottom of the bottom frames.
A large hive would be one which is really tall.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau, Mark B