Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
April 17, 2014, 12:34:58 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: Beemaster's official FACEBOOK page
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat  

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: brood boxes  (Read 1106 times)
T.Smith
New Bee
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 26

Location: Bossier City ,Louisiana


« on: January 02, 2009, 09:53:24 PM »

Hello,  I am from Louisiana and was wondering what some of yall use for brood boxes. Do you use 1 deep or 2. I have been using 2 with no queen excluder but am hearing of others around here using 1 deep with an excluder and then just feed the bees thru winter. They are saying that sugar water or corn syrup is cheaper than the honey you would leave in the second box. Thanks for any input
Logged
pdmattox
Queen Bee
****
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 1117


Location: lake city, florida


WWW
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2009, 10:35:54 PM »

I believe that the syrup is cheaper than the honey thing. I read somewhere that Horace Bell(one of the biggest florida beekeepers) used to run all deeps so all the equipment was the same. I mainly run a deep with a med or shallow on top and over winter that way to. I will pull a couple of frames throughout the year from the boxes to make nucs and reduce the population of the hive.
Logged

Michael Bush
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 13470


Location: Nehawka, NE


WWW
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009, 12:35:42 PM »

I run four eight frame mediums through the winter... most of the time.
Logged

Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen
Brian D. Bray
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 7369


Location: Anacortes, WA 98221

I really look like this, just ask Cindi.


WWW
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2009, 07:04:42 PM »

Bees collect nectar to make honey for a reason, the same with pollen to make bee bread. 
Even though I feed, when absolutely necessary, I think of sugar syrup and pollen substitutes more like dining at McD's rather than an Olive Garden or Black Angus. 
If you feed sugar syrup constantly to save make an extra buck on the honey don't be surpried when your bees begin acting like they are living on a diet of cheap hamburgers, french fries, and diet coke.  Leaving enough honey on the hive for winter is like giving them a balanced diet and a flu shot.  Fit bees make more honey and have less disease.
Logged

Life is a school.  What have you learned?   Brian      The greatest danger to our society is apathy, vote in every election!
Cindi
Galactic Bee
******
Offline Offline

Gender: Female
Posts: 9827

Location: Grindrod, B.C. Canada


« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2009, 12:38:25 PM »

Brian, ooooh, I can't wait to see how my bees fare this winter.  I left them tons of honey, did not feed sugar syrup,all other years I supplemented sugar syrup feeding with huge honey stores.  I really want to see if I can tell if there is a difference in colony health.  Should be an interesting year for surely.  Have a wonderful and great day, love and live our lives well, health.  Cindi
Logged

There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold.  The Arctic trails have their secret tales that would make your blood run cold.  The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, but the queerest they ever did see, what the night on the marge of Lake Lebarge, I cremated Sam McGee.  Robert Service
Fannbee
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 90

Location: Reservoir area, MS


« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2009, 11:11:34 PM »

In Mississippi it was recommended by the State experts to use two brood boxes for overwintering. 

Today it was in the low 70s and the bees are bringing in a ton of yellow pollen.
Logged

Chuck and Fran
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.6 seconds with 22 queries.

Google visited last this page March 19, 2014, 02:34:07 PM