I looked in hive #2 first. There were some bees near the top of the frames after I removed the inner cover but not a huge number. I did not pull any frames but clearly saw there was still an ample honey supply. I decided not to feed this hive at this time.
I pulled the top cover off hive #1, and bees began immediately to pour through the oval slot in the inner cover. Hundreds were immediately on top of it, so I decided not to remove it. I had decided not to use smoke just to avoid stressing them and to avoid forcing them to start gorging themselves on precious honey. Instead, I added a medium super on top of the inner cover and put in 4 frames of left-over honey, some of which had been capped though not all. Sitting in the barn over winter, the honey I could see had pretty much crystallized. The bees should consume that just fine though.
|Looking between the added honey frames. .|