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  1. #1
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    Default Basic hive inspection question.

    How do you check on the hive while supering? Do you remove all the supers every week to check the brood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doc25 View Post
    How do you check on the hive while supering? Do you remove all the supers every week to check the brood?
    I don't tear into the brood chamber while the supers are on unless I think there's some reason to do so. I keep an eye on what's going on out side the hive, that will tell you quite a bit.

    I just make sure I stay ahead of them when I'm supering, most of the time that means not even removing a box, just checking a few frames and adding another if needed.

    But yes if you need to get into check the brood you have to remove the supers.

    K

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    I dont' really inspect the hives per se. I remove a drone frame from each hive every three weeks as part of my IPM. I do have to remove any supers to get to that top deep hive body where I put the drone frames. If the pulled drone frame doesn't have any brood in it then or isn't cleaned out properly, I look a little deeper to find out what's going on. If I see a queen cell while the hive body is open and a drone frame is removed I'll root around and steal that frame (if they are capped) and a couple of frames of brood and bees (make REAL sure not to accidently steal the current queen) and start some nucs.
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    I did my first year of beekeeping but that was more so I could learn. Once I got used to things I just lift the top and add a super. I check for pollen coming in and if I don't see any then I go a little deeper. I do go through them all the way once in the spring and fall, but unless a hive is having problems I don't.

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