I noticed a lot of activity at the entrance of my hive today (despite it being a chilly 8°C), most doing orientation flights after being cooped up with the bad weather over the past week, but there was plenty of pollen coming in as well. I also noticed a couple dozen drones coming in and out, which I thought as a beekeeping novice wouldn’t be happening for a few more weeks at least.
I overwintered in a single deep and I’m worried about a lack of space. Next weekend should be reaching 16°C so I’ve planned a quick inspection then, and to remove a frame or two and replace with an empty foundationless to give them a bit of work to do. I’ll also be feeding them some sugar syrup to boost them up. By the end of August I want to have put on a second brood box (I only have two drawn frames in storage).
Is this too ambitious and just asking for chilled brood?