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ChrisT
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« on: September 14, 2013, 04:41:58 PM »

Appreciate any advice.... I am in Atlanta.. I went in to prep for a level of honey harvest and within the last month, my bees have filled an entire new level that i added a month ago (thinking that would be the last level that i add) but today I see theyve filled that up and are now building comb between the levels to compensate for more space.

I am amazed that they did this consider all the rain we had recently and the lateness of the year.

My question is should I add a new level? should i remove a few frames and put empty frames in one of the levels? I do not have an extractor to extract honey and then put back the empty comb (i crush and strain). I just dont want to add a level they most likely wont touch and was thinking maybe it was better to insert empty frames in a level.

Last year, my bees didnt build any comb past july. but these bees this year seem to be superheroes. (and its my second year of learning bees)

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Chris
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2013, 05:56:35 PM »

Give em a empty super, if they're starting to build too much burr comb, that'll go to waste, add a super and the very least they'll start to draw out comb for next year.
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2013, 08:13:09 PM »

Ok great. Thanks for answering.

I didnt know if i should keep the hive compact seeing as it is near the end of the season.
I just didnt want to give them too much room if it was going to cause a problem
I knew I needed something to give them to draw on tho
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2013, 09:39:34 PM »

Goldenrod is just winding down up here in in michigan and I don't know the flows down there, but you should have a couple weeks of comb building left still, like you said they're super heroes this year. You can checker board the frames if your concerned about too much space. 
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