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Offline jaseemtp

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When to add another hive body?
« on: April 18, 2011, 12:37:15 PM »
Hey I just started keeping bees, I started with three pound packages.  Right now I have my bees in 8 fame mediums and was wondering when should I give them another 8 frames of foundation.  There are enough bees to cover 5 of the 8 frames now.  Not all of the foundation is drawn out yet either. 
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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 01:28:32 PM »
I add when I have 7 out of 10 frames drawn. I would say that it would be safe for you to go ahead and add another.

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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 07:31:03 PM »
I'm with volunteerK9.  I usually wait until 7-8 frames are fully waxed then add on the next hive body or super.

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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 07:32:03 PM »
Ditto.

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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2011, 09:34:19 PM »
Same here.

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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2011, 12:52:21 AM »
Drawing wax and raising brood require heat.  A smaller box is easier to keep warm.  Add the second when the first is 80% full, as everyone is saying.
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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2011, 07:57:33 AM »
Drawing wax and raising brood require heat.  A smaller box is easier to keep warm.  Add the second when the first is 80% full, as everyone is saying.


For three years I've heard to wait until the previous box is 80% drawn before adding another, but this is the first time I've heard an explanation for doing it. Or...perhaps it's been explained and I wasn't yet ready to understand it. Now I get it. Light bulb!

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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2011, 09:26:32 PM »
Glad I could help.
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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2011, 10:21:44 PM »
Thanks for the feedback y'all.
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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2011, 01:02:45 AM »
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You may add second box under the brood box. That does not disturb much the heat economy of brood box. When the lower box is partly occupied, the turn over boxes.
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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2011, 01:28:58 AM »
Finski, he's in Texas...very warm climate.

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Re: When to add another hive body?
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2011, 06:03:08 PM »
Yep its very warm, it was up to 100 two days ago then a "cold" front hit and now its 75
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