I did my hive check and forgot I had three boxes instead of 2. Hive was booming and had utilized the space I left for them. (Instead of creating swarm cells like I had thought). All three boxes had brood, pollen, some honey all at various stages. I thought three 8 frames was enough space for the queen, pollen and any surplus honey they may want to keep. So.. I added a honey super with a few drawn frames and one frame that has a small amount of honey on it. I figured I was in good shape for them to draw and start filling. WRONG... The next day, about 16 hours later, I popped open the top lid to look without much disruption. The inner cover had a good pile of burr comb on it already and in the burr comb they had stuffed pollen already. I dont know if there were eggs, I didnt see any but that does not mean anything. I dont supposed there is much I can do to make them use the honey super for honey is there? More to the point, those of you using 8 frame mediums, do you use 3 boxes for brood or 4 boxes? How do you regulate it or dont you really??? I am thinking put on a queen excluder and keep eggs out at least. Then I think maybe I shouldnt as if they are using it for pollen/eggs, seems they have a better knowledge of what they need than I do. Dont know????
The other think I wanted to ask about is I found a large amount of burr comb in between the boxes, on the top/bottoms of the frames. Many frames I moved I ripped up comb, drones. I accidentally put a serious dent in the drone population of that hive. Assume that wont do much harm. I decided since I had such a large amount of drones, I would check for mites. I probably looked at 30 mostly formed drones, maybe 10 smaller drones. Not one varroa did I see. Based on this alone, can I assume I have a varroa free hive or isnt that the case?
Dan in NY