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  1. #1
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    Default Honey production

    I have a question that maybe someone in the honey making bussiness can answer. I run 50 hives, Most are 2-3 deep 6 5/8 supers. I'm making a big split this spring. My question is, can I make honey ( add queen excluder) to a single deep that has 5-8 frames of brood and strong bees and make honey without the treat of swarms? I only ask because I have a good demand for honey this year but know making splits will weaken the honey production if I go with my normal 2-3 medium supers. My new hives will be standard depth but in 8 frame. Bottom line, do any of you make honey with single story hives? And I should add that in the southeast part of the state im located the honey flow is May to Late June. We normally experince our last frost around the week of Easter.......
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    well, yes, but make sure they are building up fast right into a flow, and keep ahead of them with boxes to fill, at least one box ahead for sure at the beginning.
    But your saying May, June, about the time the bees have the strongest earge to swarm.
    So they probably will, regardless of the space,.

    I do as you discribe, but I follow a rule of thumb, four frames of brood, 6 weeks before the main flow. That being four frames of brood near end of May,
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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    Default Honey production

    I also have 50 hives (45 now).lost 5 so far.I try to build my hives up strong befor the honey flow. I make splits out of my weaker hives (their probably not going to do much anyway),and let my strong hives make honey.Yes you can make honey from a single deep hive,the best way i've found to get the bees to come through the excluder into the honey super,is to put a bait frame in the super (with brood).After the brood hatches they will fill it with honey. The treat of swarming will always be there,you will have to keep a close eye on them (check for queen cells) every 8 to 10 days and keep planty of room (supers) when needed. This is what makes beekeeping fun< the challenge. Good Luck. Jack

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    Thanks for the advise and the recommendation for the bait frame. Never thought of that one. If it was not for the demand of honey this year I would concern myself with bee yard growth. I have a customer that baught everything I had last year and is ready to purchase again. Kinda hard to turn that down when you only produce jar honey and a little cut comb. Guess its a big blessing. Thanks for the advise.

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    Thumbs Up Honey production

    I only run my bees in a single. If you are looking to make honey it's all in the queen. I run over 600 hives and produce over 50 ton a year in singles. I buy all my packages and Queens from Wilbanks out of Claxton, GA.
    I start out each spring with 2# packages, and by May I'm selling packages from those packages. I make all my comb honey from my splits from my packages. Wilbanks queens are the best that I have found in the 20 years of beekeeping. You don't have to take my word, ask around.
    I live in NW Ohio and our basswood flow start mids June and the main flow start around the 4 of July.
    The only thing if you run them in single you better have extra honey suppers.

    The Honey Householder

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    Thanks Honey Householder, I have close to 300 6 5/8 supers, most with drawn comb. I will be buying another 100 150 or so soon. I'm thinking about splitting everything down to singles. When I get the desired number I want I guess I can Sale the splits.. Thanks again for the advise........

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