My horizontal TBH is full up beyond the followers. The bees went through the hole in the followers left open since feeding them from jar feeders last autumn and have built comb on the ‘spare bars’.
I had added more bars before going away for 2 weeks and on my return found this situation.
This hive swarmed about 2 weeks ago (successfully caught and rehived in second HTBH) but we have not had good enough weather to have a proper look in this original hive to see what’s going on. Now it is warm and sunny I wonder what the best approach is to sorting the hive out. Even since the swarm, bees are still clustering at the entrances and I think they may swarm again. I have not taken honey before – is now the time to have a go?
What do you think I may find at the ends beyond the followers – honey or brood? Advice on what to do please. I know the original combs were built crossed but the later ones looked straight. A bit of a mess I am afraid. Inexperienced but well meaning keeper :0(