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    Default End of flow- question

    Ok I have a hive that has done well considering it started off as a pkg 14 April. This hive has 2 brood boxes on and a full super of honey. This super is uncapped. I looked today and there is nice looking honey in the super and it is full-every cell! I added an additional super a week or so ago but they have not drawn any comb in the new super. According to other beeks reasonably close to me the flow is very near the end and the summer darth is about tho begain ant any day. When I looked today I saw lots of bees head first into the full cells of the super. With that background now my questions: How do I tell if they are consuming this honey or still working on it? If the darth is here will they eat it or finish it as stores?

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    they will consume the stores when a dearth is on. Did you use smoke on them before opening. smoking the bees will cause them to go head first into the cells and engorge on honey
    Last edited by riverrat; 07-19-2008 at 11:27 PM.

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    When you have the hive open and you see them head-first into a nectar or honey cell, most-times they are in withdrawal mode, and not in deposit mode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    When you have the hive open and you see them head-first into a nectar or honey cell, most-times they are in withdrawal mode, and not in deposit mode.
    Looks to me more like a 50/50 chance. Part of the season they're filling those cells and part they are emptying them. Now, if you know for sure you are in a flow or dearth you could probably make a more educated opinion.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
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    Default Ok so what do I do?

    Ok I am sure they r in withdraw mode. Can I do maything to protect this super from consumption? It is not capped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyfarmer View Post
    Ok I am sure they r in withdraw mode. Can I do maything to protect this super from consumption? It is not capped.
    Bees gotta eat too.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    I always leave a super of honey on for my hives to consume. They will be healither than if fed on sugar water.
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