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Author Topic: Quick Expansion, More Brood Boxes ?, More Supers ?  (Read 956 times)
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« on: May 26, 2008, 06:02:05 PM »

I completed inspecting my hive this afternoon and was amazed at how quickly the hive has grow. My girls (Package of bees) arrived on April 12th, since that time they have almost filled two brood boxes. I have rotated brood boxes to keep them busy and have moved any partially full frames to the center of the brood boxes.

The queen is now in the lower brood box and has about three empty and some partial frames to work with. This was the upper brood box until today, and is very heavy. It appears to have lots of honey. All partial or empty frames have been moved to the center.

The upper brood box (original brood box) is much lighter and and has lots of larva. Here again, I moved any partial frames to the center of the brood box. This brood box also has about 3 empty frames for the girls to work with. This is now the upper of the two brood boxes.

I just added two supers above the brood boxes, with the hopes of the workers beginning to build comb and store honey. This should take some pressure off the two brood boxes. (I hope)

I'm a little afraid that things are getting a little out of control and that the girls are getting ahead of the bee keeper. I'm assuming that in about a 2 weeks, I'll needed another brood box and may be additional supers (assuming the hive starts to shift towards honey production and not more brood.)

Having said all this, do I get another brood box and additional supers ?  Or do I keep trying to move frames and brood boxes around to keep the queen busy?  As you can see, things are getting a little ahead of me. Normally, I have a next step planned, but the girls are just too quick for this old man.

Suggestions?  ideas ?  huh

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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008, 06:18:41 PM »

Seems like you are on the right track.

Suggestions?

Yeah, with a beast of a queen like that I would make some splits and spread her genetics in a heart beat!


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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2008, 06:46:01 PM »

Yes - agreed - split them or you'll end 10 supers high.

But it's just great to be kept that busy.
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2008, 10:24:10 PM »

Leave them alone and let them fill the supers.  You make honey with strong hives, not lots of little splits. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2008, 10:46:33 PM »

Leave them alone and let them fill the supers.  You make honey with strong hives, not lots of little splits. 

True, but with the way they are building He can do both.


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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2008, 10:57:29 AM »

Two brood boxes, one mostly filled with honey is not that large a hive.
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2008, 12:40:42 PM »

Ross is right, that is not what I'd call a super big bunch of bees.
When both deeps is filled mostly with bees/brood and eggs then you have a queen that is in high gear.
That is when to do a split or add two, not one super.

Another note of caution, moving empty frames to the center is not really as good as moving them to the edge of the brood nest. You don't want to break up the balance by splitting the brood nest.

The more you disturb the bees, the more stressed they will be.
Just do what has to be done and no more.
I never go into mine closer than 5 to 7 days unless need be.
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