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I made an inspection of my two Russian/Carniolian hives today. The upper deep brood boxes were packed with honey and capped pollen (bee bread?) I opened them up with some foundation only frames, two or three each. When I was inspecting the lower deep I found that the brood comb was very sparse with brood. There is some capped and some uncapped but very little in all. I did see the queen in one hive and both hives have plenty of bees. One of them has two full supers of honey and the other has not really finished drawing out it's first super. They both had the upper deeps full of capped honey. These are first year packages otherwise they may have swarmed!? I am wondering if they are just slowing down at this point and preparing for winter or if there is something else going on? It is mid-summer here 100*+ days and high 70's at night. The weather has been favorable this year with a lot of wildflowers and flowering vegetation.

Any ideas?
 
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