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Author Topic: Wild bees have moved in - is it worthwhile trying to harvest  (Read 1107 times)
alreid
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« on: May 26, 2006, 11:33:27 AM »

Two winters ago my honey bees died.  Last year I did nothing to the hive at all, didn't even clean the inside.  This spring my personal life has settled down again and I went to clean the hive and found that it is busy and vibrant - wild bees have moved in.  (Well, I'm guessing they're wild.)

This morning I noticed that some had swarmed, so the hive must be doing well.  My question is: is it worthwhile adding a super to gather honey?  Is there some gotcha that I'm not aware of?

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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2006, 11:38:42 AM »

Given they swarmed, it's probably going to be another 48 days before new workers start emerging.  The super could probably wait now.
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2006, 05:01:56 PM »

Though the supering can wait a week or 2, the answer to your question is yes you can expect to harvest honey from this hive this year.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2006, 11:03:55 AM »

>My question is: is it worthwhile adding a super to gather honey?

Sure.

> Is there some gotcha that I'm not aware of?

No.

If there are a lot of bees and a flow, I'd put on a super or two or five.
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