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  1. #1
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    Apr 2009
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    Monroe county, Iowa
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    Default All new equipment

    How long should it take a new (2 LB) package of bees to
    fill 7 to 10 frames in new equipment (no drawn foundation)
    Joe

  2. #2
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    Willmar, MN, USA
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    Lots of variables, but I would say you are looking a close to a month before you will be looking at expanding.

  3. #3
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    Lyons, CO
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    Hard to say. You feeding them? (Do). Go ahead and check them weekly, see how they're drawing it out. You'll get a feel for colony manipulation while they're young, get to see them doing home construction, and enjoy your only propolis-free season .
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
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    Montgomery county, Illinois
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    A 3# package I had last spring drew out the first super in about 1 week. I was shocked when I checked and had to add another super. They were really good. Nice gentle bees, made lots of honey. Too bad I lost them over the winter.

    enjoy your only propolis-free season
    Lol, yeah and even by the end of the first season they will have everything stuck down.

  5. #5
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    Apr 2009
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    I have been feeding them with a top feeder. I hived them the 7th of April.
    They are progressing slowly. (from what I have read) There is capped
    brood but it looks like drones. I see larva though. Could I have lost the
    Queen and now have workers laying? Thanks for your help.
    Joe

  6. #6
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    Apr 2003
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    Greenville, TX, USA
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    They are likely just fine. Give her time to get established. Keep feeding. 2# of bees in a 10 frame deep might be spread a little thin. It takes a certain number of bees to cover and warm brood. As the weather warms it gets easier. Starting them in a nuc will give them a head start usually.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2009
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    Issaquah,WA,USA
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    I have 6 hives. 2 are at 4 weeks and 3 are at 3 weeks. One of my 4 week ones I just added a second deep. There is one 3 week old ones that is getting close.

    So the answer would be as said earlier it all depends. I think from everything I have read that 4-5.5 weeks is typical.

  8. #8
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    Apr 2009
    Location
    Monroe county, Iowa
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    Thanks everyone
    And Ross I will remember the nuc next time.
    That makes good sense
    Joe

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