Does anyone know whether it makes a difference if you place a deep super of new foundation below or above existing brood chambers?
bees may draw comb out quicker
Has anyone tried this method of placing supers below existing brood chambers??? What are the thoughts of y'all? Sincerely, Gerry
In Finland there are now main rule that first enlargement is done under the brood.
To give 100% more space over the brood makes heat control of the colony very difficult.
That is why the colony starts its build up from up and comes down the combs during summer.
This is "international beekeeping forum" and there are many weathers and climate zones on "international zone".
Mostly "international zone" stops to the nearest forest edge.
But however, putting second box under the brood helps that bees occupy the space as soon as they can.
Bees may move to upper box but often they abandon part of brood down stairs.
But the basic is that the colony enlarge if they have bees to occupy the frames.
Do bees draw quickly or slowly the foundations, it has no meaning.
They do it when they need new combs.
But if the colony waits for swarming, they often stop foundation drawing.