I have 4 Warre hives that all did well this year. they have all filled at least 3 boxes and 2 of them are into the 4th box. It’s now September in Pennsylvania (I saw that you were just here btw. hope you guys enjoyed your visit)
Anyway, fortunately the top boxes are drawn out straight enough where we were able to lift them straight out. However, when we did they were about half honey, and half brood/nectar. When I started this I thought that by now the brood would be in the lower boxes and the top would be almost exclusively honey. I did not inspect the middle boxes because I assumed they would look identical, and they have a bit of cross comb going on too.
So what’s my next move? wait a few weeks and recheck? The fall nectar flow here is winding down. If I go back in a few weeks and find the top box is ready to harvest (minimal nectar or brood), do you think they’ll have enough in the bottom 2 boxes to get through the winter? I assume I will need to feed them after a harvest.
thanks in advance