Re: Strong colony- add/leave at this point in season
What is your dividing board by intent?
Originally Posted by Kassafrass
Is it a "pass-around" follower board?
OR is it a "bee-proof" divider?
You do one or the other and make sure they work as intended.
Now, assuming you have a factual "pass-around" follower board - you do nothing.
It works exactly as should - letting the bees to go around it and utilize the space to relieve the pressure of the temporarily large population.
Pretty soon the population will drop.
You have yourself the spill-over space - exactly how the horizontal hives should work with the follower boards in place.
You may even remove the follower board for now - it is not needed until later in the season.
The bee-proof divider board is a wrong and bad device for the horizontal hives to have at all times - it defeats one main benefit of the horizontal hives - the automatic expansion/contraction (UNLESS you maintain two separate units in one box - this is the only one reasonable use-case for the bee-proof divider).
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.