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    or at least I hope thats what it is. I removed the last of my supers 2 nights ago and this afternoon I went out to the hives and WOW are the girls really built up on the outside fronts of the hives. They are just covered. I didnt see any signs of robbing or fighting. just lots and lots of bees on the outside front of the hives.
    I'm just wondering if there is any problem or if it is just the girls looking for space without the extra space from the supers.
    Anyone have any other ideas?

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    Crowded sounds like a good reason to me.

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    are the brood boxes full of honey? sounds like your bees have nothing to do with no place to put the forage.

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    Add another super, if that doesn't help then maybe they need more room. You took off two so maybe you will need to add two, or a hive body (deep).

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    [QUOTE=randydrivesabus;355403]

    What kind of bus? Schoooooooooooool bus? Charter? Local? Church?

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    I put supers on the other day for the same reason. I don't expect to get more surplus (might get some wax pulled), but it seemed to reduce the crowds.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    [QUOTE=Eaglerock;355414]
    Quote Originally Posted by randydrivesabus View Post

    What kind of bus? Schoooooooooooool bus? Charter? Local? Church?
    school.

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    I went out tonight and put the wet supers on to clean out. The girls were still all over the front of the hives and there was a whole lot under the top cover, piles of them. they seemed to be really cranky tonight so I just threw on the wets and got out of there. I think I will try adding more space but I am unsure how to go about it.
    I have extra deep boxes but no deep frames, drawn or otherwise. I do have the drawn supers but if I put them on the bottom will I have to worry about brood being put in them? And the having to put in new foundation when I want to use them next year?
    Can I put an empty deep on the bottom just to add space?
    Lots of questions and few answers, can anyone help?

    Thanks, Phil

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    Crowded is good this time of year. They will all go in soon. I think it is better for them to glue everything together now rather than adding space and then breaking propolis & etc. later when it's cold and windy. Sounds like they're pretty healthy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phil c View Post
    Can I put an empty deep on the bottom just to add space?
    Lots of questions and few answers, can anyone help?

    Thanks, Phil
    Use a queen excluder to keep her from laying in the supers. Empty will give them room but will make it to cold for winter. Give them something to work on, which would be the supers. They can fill them with something. You are leaving them a couple full supers to winter on, right?
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