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samwise
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« on: May 04, 2009, 10:58:07 AM »

I have 3 hives... 1st installed from a Package hive April 7th, the other two are from Nuc's April 17th

Just curious how often I should be opening them up & checking frames queen laying etc... I want to make sure I'm on top of it so I know when to add a second hive body so they have room to expand & help prevent a swarm... but at the same time, I don't want to be in there too much where I am causing more damage than good.

I'm currently feeding them sugar water & pollen patties to help.

Thanks in advance for your alls input!
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009, 11:57:10 AM »

All first timers should check about once a week, always in good weather. It's for the beek more than for the bees, so if you miss a week it doesn't hurt anything. As time goes by, you will slow down and will know when to check them.
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009, 04:46:23 PM »

More often than not the weather determines when to check the hives.  I agree, in the beginning once a week...afternoon, sun bright.  The spring is always time to keep an eye on things.

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