05-23-2008, 10:59 AM
I put the super on Monday, 4 days ago. I'm using foundationless frames. The bees had 5 frames fully drawn out, 2 frames 1/2 way drawn out, and 1 frame that the bees just starting building on. The last two were empty. I saw tons of honey, and thought maybe I should put a super on so they won't over crowd the deep with honey, leaving the queen with no room to lay. I covered the inner cover, so the heat stays in with the bees. I peeked in today quickly, and only the occasional stragler bee is in the super. I'm wondering if I should take the super off, and let them finish the frames in the deep. I remember reading somewhere, that you could put a sheet of newspaper between the deep and super, and the bees will chew away the newspaper when they need more room. I think I should just take the super off, and let them be. And when they have 8 frames fully drawn I should put on the super?
05-23-2008, 11:09 AM
You could take it off if you want to. It will probably be 1-3 weeks before they need it depending on your area and the flows there as well as the strength of these colonies. If the frames that are half drawn are on the outside take a frame that is half drawn out and place it between 2 full frames of brood. They will finish it much more quickly and the queen will typically lay in it immediately if she hasn't already started.
I wouldn't go the newspaper route. Its completely unecessary.
Personally, if it were me I'd want them to fill out the bottom box first so I'd probably remove the top box. After the bottom box is mostly drawn you could add the super. If its the same size frames as the bottom box you could then move one of those drawn out frames up when the time comes and that will get them started quickly in that second box.
05-24-2008, 03:33 PM
Thanks I took the super off yesterday, and switched the 2 end frames with the 1/2 way filled out frames next to them. Shlould I wait a week and check back in on them? Thank you agian!