I’ll post this first though this would ideally follow the “Harvesting” post. Here is what it looked like a couple of hours after I set the crazy frames out. I apologize in advance for some of the shaky camera work but it’s still very viewable.
If you’ve read about robbing, you probably heard how bees will just rip the cappings and the edges end up ragged and shredded? Well, this is what it looks like:
I noticed that there were bees clustered on the outside of my hive. I finally realized that the wooden super had uneven edges due to propolis build up and this was keeping the hive top feeder from sitting flush around the edges. That small opening under the feeder allowed the outside bees to smell the honey in the super below and they were able to see the other bees in the super. So I took the hive top feeder off and scraped the edges of the super and left the feeder off. I put rocks in it to keep the bees from drowning in the remaining syrup. Tomorrow the syrup should be gone and I can replace the feeder on the hive.