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Offline rawfind

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Another Box ?
« on: October 09, 2012, 07:33:52 AM »
Hi All,
        I have a hive that has to be my best its huge and very busy, about 2 weeks ago i put a 3rd (8 frame) super on it as
it looked like the girls where running out of room.
I inspected it today and the 3rd box is nearly full of honey and a small amount of brood in the center frame, i thought i had better see the
status of the 2 boxes underneath as sometimes the top can be full but the bottom empty. no cigar.... both boxes were full, mainly brood a little honey around the sides and some pollen stores.
No signs of queen cells i requeened this one last season, my question is , do i put a 4th box on ? the honey isnt capped yet so i cant rob it, and how many boxes high can one go? re Neil

Offline prestonpaul

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Re: Another Box ?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2012, 07:42:15 PM »
I don't know what the answer is, but I am jealous  :lol: Still to cold and wet in the Otways to have much coming in.

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Re: Another Box ?
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2012, 07:52:01 PM »
are you feeding, or are they bringing stuff in?  do you think they have enough stored for winter?  are all your boxes 8 frame and what size are they?

edit:  i see you are from downunder.  sorry about that.  i'd say add another box for sure.
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Re: Another Box ?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2012, 08:02:48 PM »
Keep an empty on if there is a flow on.   

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Re: Another Box ?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2012, 01:55:29 AM »
I agree...it appears that your girls are in the midst of a flow, so give them another box to fill.

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Re: Another Box ?
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2012, 07:45:25 AM »
I agree...it appears that your girls are in the midst of a flow, so give them another box to fill.

Awesome, i might actually get some honey this year! just waxed up 2 more boxes ill pop another one on tommorow
then,how high can you go?

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Re: Another Box ?
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2012, 08:46:23 AM »
I agree...it appears that your girls are in the midst of a flow, so give them another box to fill.

Awesome, i might actually get some honey this year! just waxed up 2 more boxes ill pop another one on tommorow
then,how high can you go?

I'm assuming you're using full boxes rather than half sized. If so four boxes high would probably be the maximum IMHO. Anything higher would make harvesting and access to the top box an issue without a step or a ladder.

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Re: Another Box ?
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2012, 12:51:32 PM »
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issue without a step or a ladder

and that sucks  :-D  watch the honey supers and pull them when they are capped as long as you have a flow on.  you can either extract, or save some of them to make sure the bees have enough though the year.  i like to freeze them when i save them because it keeps the bugs and stuff out. 

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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Re: Another Box ?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2012, 07:54:14 AM »
I agree...it appears that your girls are in the midst of a flow, so give them another box to fill.

Awesome, i might actually get some honey this year! just waxed up 2 more boxes ill pop another one on tommorow
then,how high can you go?

I'm assuming you're using full boxes rather than half sized. If so four boxes high would probably be the maximum IMHO. Anything higher would make harvesting and access to the top box an issue without a step or a ladder.

Yep full depth 8 frame

 

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