Two hives, one swarm colony and one full overwintered colony.
The latter has now filled up its first super so I had to make up another and put that on top. So that means they've built out their entire brood box and 12 frames of honey on top of that and are now setting about 12 more. It's complete chaos in there. Never seen so many bees. Must be getting on for 50,000 in that hive. Huge and quite feisty. I opened them on Saturday and they went a bit ballistic with me and didn't take well to being disturbed. As if a giant lent down and took the roof off an arms factory to the disappointment of all inside. One of them tried to sting my arm on the canvas of the glove, so didn't get through but once she'd started and they all smelled the pheromone, many started piling on. So I quickly closed up and let them settle down, brushing bees off my arms and body. Hurrah for a decent suit.
The other one is a worry. Quiet and small and the queen is not producing much at all. There are six out of 12 frames of brood made up and they have not worked up the super at all yet. They are feeding and coming and going but they need to get a move on.
My prediction is that the big hive will swarm soon. I will have to separate the colony and hope for the best. That is sub ideal as a small brood is less likely to make it through the winter than a big one so I hope it doesn't swarm and stays large and productive. Hopefully not quite so cross though.
I think the small brood may fail and not make it through winter unless it gets a move on.