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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
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    Brunswick, Ohio, USA
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    Hi
    two 4H boys keep their hive at my place their first year with bees. I mentor them the best I can. the hive was opened and the medium super was full of honey but not one cell was capped. I know its a moisture problem with the honey ,but not one cell capped, there is white wax marking all over the top bar of super , I was told by a beekeeper once that is a sign that they need another super, is that true? I would hate for them to put on another super and the bees use the honey in the first super to build the foundationin the second super, and won't have any honey for display on their project , which is july 21th. If left with the one super what is their chances of the bees capping the first medium, And the hive they have is quite strong will have to watch for swarming I think if another super isn't added soon. OH WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE!!!!!!!!! Help!!!!!!!!!\
    Walt

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    crown point, NY, USA
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    Some bees store a volume of honey or nectar first before capping. Other strains cap as they go. It appears you have the former. I'd add another super. The bees will cap the first when ready. I'd bottom super the next one.

    Clay

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    I realize you have a timing problem, but so do the bees. They need room to spread the nectar out to dry. I'd add the super. They probably will get things done quicker with it. But they may steal some of the nectar/honey to build some of the comb. I agree with Clay.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2003
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    michigan
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    July 21st isnt that far off.....do the kids need to have capped honey such as comb to display or is this for extracted honey?

    They may cap it or they may not...its gonna depend most likely on whether more nectar comes in.

    If you are presenting extracted honey, I wouldnt worry about it. You can always manage the water if you have to.


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