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  1. #1
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    Aug 2010
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    Lake County Illinois
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    Default Bees not storing honey!!

    I added supers to my hives in late July. As of last week, several have not filled the supers with any comb or honey. The supers look the same as if they were added yesterday.

    The hives appear strong, so not sure what is going on? We had a great summer, with rain at night, plenty of mild days as well. Dunno.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2010
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    jackson county, alabama, usa
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    Default Re: Bees not storing honey!!

    about the only time the bees draw new comb here (assuming no feeding) is during the main spring flow , and that shuts down about the middle of july .
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

  3. #3
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    Jul 2013
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    Louisville, KY
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    Default Re: Bees not storing honey!!

    Not always true but yes the rule of thumb is after the main flow. Very dependent on conditions. Typically they do not draw comb unless there is a flow and more space is needed. They will fill all open comb until the draw new stuff. I caught a massive swarm in July and its drawn about 14 deep frames. We had exceptional late summer weather with plenty of rain about 1.5-2x normal based on gage readings at airport.

  4. #4
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    Sacramento,California,USA
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    Default Re: Bees not storing honey!!

    When adding supers of foundation or foundationless frames, it's hard to get them to start drawing them if they have two deeps for brood area. They see the supers and more work, not more space to store, as they have to draw the comb. This time of year, I find they pretty much won't use them.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

  5. #5
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    May 2012
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    Rockford, MI
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    Default Re: Bees not storing honey!!

    Drawn comb is equivalent to gold to a beekeeper. I know that is not the case in your scenario however. You may have to look elsewhere to suppliment the winter stores for the bees. I should ask... are the hives too light for winter? They should weigh in excess of 80# or so.

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