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    Re: Downsizing hives after harvest

    Thanks for the reply! So you're saying leave the extra boxes on until the bees reduce population on their own and end up in a cluster in one of the brood boxes? Presumably at which time the extra...
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    Downsizing hives after harvest

    I've been beekeeping in Wisconsin for a couple of years, and one question I have always had is what the best way is to reduce the hive to the desired two large brood boxes for winter. Right before...
  3. Re: Brushing bees from frames, without repercussions

    I blow the bees off the frames with a leaf blower with the speed dialed down, in the direction of the front of the hive. Seems to work fine, have not seen any dead bees, nor do they seem especially...
  4. Re: Replacing supers after extraction on hive with big population

    I would always leave the honey in the two large brood boxes for winter feed, but plan to harvest the honey in the supers. The syrup during the drought would be so the bees don't have to consume the...
  5. Re: Replacing supers after extraction on hive with big population

    Toad, I was planning to remove the frames from the supers and store them in plastic tubs (with lids) in my house after clearing them of bees. Is that still a potential problem?
  6. Re: Add supers on top of hive or next to queen excluder?

    Thanks for clarifying on bottom vs top supers! I plan to remove the honey supers, but we won't be able to extract for a few weeks. I guess whether or not they draw comb will depend on the flower...
  7. Re: Replacing supers after extraction on hive with big population

    I appreciate both of your replies!
    To clarify, there was good nectar flow up until just now, and my concern is that if the nectar flow stops then I will have to feed them, and I would rather not...
  8. Replacing supers after extraction on hive with big population

    One of my hives has a huge population, lots of bees in the two brood boxes and five supers (three full of capped honey). In the evening when the girls are home there are so many bees they hang out...
  9. Add supers on top of hive or next to queen excluder?

    Wondering if it makes a difference where a honey super is placed as the honey supers are filled, at the top of the hive vs under the other honey supers. Of course no choice where to put the first...
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