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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Belmont, NC, USA
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    Ok, so i just did my inspection yesterday on my hives and one in particular had a ton of bees in there...I know if I don't add another super, they will more than likely swarm in another couple weeks/month if i leave it as is. However, in the top super, right now they only have ~40% capped.....should I go ahead and add another super or wait another couple days to a week to encourage them to cap a little more before i add....ps. there were saw no presense of queen cells/cups so I know im good to go for a while.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Mason, MI, USA
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    I would add the next supper now to avoid having the bees decide to swarm
    Clint

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    Clinton Bemrose
    just South of Lansing Michigan

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    It doesn't matter how much they have capped when deciding to add a super. It's how much has something in it. There could be a lot of "green" honey in a hive and no where to put more nectar. Once they decide to swarm it's almost impossible to change their mind. Better to head it off ahead of time.

    How much is capped is important when you are robbing. Then it shows that the honey is ripe.

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