Yep, surely has. You'll need to be very vigilant to prevent swarming. Some queens are great at making bee colonies and you may have one of those. An early build up like this hints your queen wants to populate the world (or just Jersey) with more colonies.So I went in after attending my bee club looking to control Verroa. I planned to put Apivar on now because I missed the January timeline to get it in.
The plan is to leave the strips in for 3 weeks, then 2 weeks airing out, then honey supers.
Well I went in today for the first full inspection. Holy cow!! The hive looks like it is booming in July. Healthy and exploding!
Tons of bees, at least 5 brood frames and tons of pollin. There is still at least 5-7 full deep honey frames.
I plan to split the hive, but I still can’t get a queen till the 2nd or 3rd week of April in my area.
The mild winter kept this hive super productive.
I hope the deep will keep them from swarming.
I was and still am in shock.
Anybody else have this happen this year? Or ever.
I was expecting a cluster up top, empty honey stores and low amount of bees.
Man was I wrong!