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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Let us know how it goes. Just keep them busy making comb.
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    All that sounds like things are going well.

    If you want to put the cell back on above an excluder, make sure you have a top entrance facing the opposite direction to the bottom one. That way if a...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Yes, I effectively Checkerboard outermost drawn frames that are moved up with new undrawn frames and these also get drawn out very well.

    You may get some fat and some thin combs, as the bees tend...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    You can get them to draw one medium frame per week, but you would need to keep putting an empty frame beside the Broodnest each week. Moving an outermost frame up into the super.

    They won't...
  5. Re: Why not have few very large hives instead of many small ones?

    I have been running a two queen hive for a few years now and don't see why it couldn't be extended to more than two queens. They do produce a bit more than two single hives, but not much more.
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    During swarm season you can definitely get the bees to drawn one medium per week, sometimes more depending on the flow.
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    They will likely go into swarm mode if you suddenly remove a box from them.

    Also, if you remove frames as they are drawn, you may be removing eggs from them. As the queen often lays in the new...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Thanks, my pleasure.

    It sounds like feeding them syrup is the issue here. Adding feeding to the equation just makes it more complicated.

    Another option is to extract frames of syrup to get more...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Wow, great frame of brood in the picture.

    What about the frames from the drone laying hive ? Can't you use any of those, or put another box on the hive from that?

    The good thing is that they...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Depends on if you are near the end of the swarm season or not, the Broodnest will likely get reduced once your into the main flow.

    If its mainly the drone comb getting back filled I wouldn't be...
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    When I have seen supersedure in my hives it has typically been around the Summer Solstice. Occasionally it also happens in early autumn.

    I can't say if the queens are any better, but they...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    All that sounds fine. Several queen cups in a hive is not unusual, even when they are not interested in swarming.

    Even though you don't care if you get a honey crop, I would tend to do splits...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Ideally you want to use all the same size frames. But using medium supers is able to be done.

    Place the first two medium frames into the top deep, beside the outer brood frames. The two outer deep...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    The queen won't necessarily move into the upper deep. The focus is more on the new frame(s) added beside the outer brood frames. You want these to be getting drawn and hopefully the queen laying in...
  15. Re: Need to add third box; frame rearrangement?

    Move the two outermost drawn frames up into the new box.
    Then find the outer edge of the Broodnest (beside the brood frames) and insert a foundationless frame on each side.

    As the comb is drawn...
  16. Re: TY Lauri and MattDavey for your threads, one yr new beek happiness

    Lauri has done very well with these frames and doesn't have major issues with mites.

    Have a look at what Lauri does. I can't help because we don't have varroa mites in Australia.

    I would also...
  17. Re: TY Lauri and MattDavey for your threads, one yr new beek happiness

    My pleasure Missybee.

    Triggering comb building is the goal, and they certainly have done that!
    Once they have enough drones in the hive they will concentrate on making worker size comb and fill...
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    Re: Entrance Size & Ventilation

    Hey Tom, great to hear your hives are doing well.

    With the various configurations I've tried, I believe it's best to have both top and bottom entrances. But the width of each entrance depends on...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    Great to hear. I would think you need to wait until Apples have finished flowering before your swarm season is past. So maybe 3 weeks or so yet.

    Just ensure that the hives are continuing to make...
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    Re: Ideas for different hive top design?

    Here's what I use: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?283526-Multipurpose-Hive-Lid-Base-with-Top-Bottom-entrance
  21. Re: Opening sides of broodnest - mostly drone comb?

    1. Yes. It's also to trigger wax production and keep older house bees occupied and not save up wax making for swarming.

    2. Bees seem to want a Drone population around 20%. Once they are happy with...
  22. Re: Bees won't pull new comb or use pulled comb

    Have a look at: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?307836-Results-of-Opening-the-Sides-of-the-Broodnest
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    Put the frames from the Nuc back on the hive after 24 hours. They will have started queen cells by then.

    The other option with OTS is to put a sheet of newspaper on the queen excluder with a few...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    You would want to shake all the bees off from those two frames and make sure the Deep has no bees on it anyway when taking it off for the package. That's another reason why I wouldn't put it on top...
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    Re: When to Open the Sides of the Broodnest

    It's unlikely there will be brood on both outside frames, so you can move at least one. Don't want to be moving brood frames.

    But, it sounds like you should be using the Mediums for Opening the...
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