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Author Topic: Warre Hive Winterizing  (Read 458 times)
chadmg52474
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« on: September 19, 2012, 07:58:29 AM »

I started 3 warre hives this year from splits I made from 3 top bar hives they never moved into the bottom box but filled out the upper box well.  Should I remove the empty box before winterizing them next month?
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2012, 08:11:51 AM »

My understanding of the warre is that it is trying to replicate a natural cavity. If so then I have personally observed hundreds of natural cavities over the years that were way larger than than the actual comb, both vertical and horizontal and the bees did fine. So I would say remove it only if it bothers you as a beek. The bigger question in my mind is whether they have enough stores in a single 12"x12"x8" box to make it through. In my area that amount of space would be enough for a medium sized cluster if it was completely backfilled but any variables such as large cluster incomplete fill or longer than average cold and you would have a dead out. JMO
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