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    Default Want to open hive - frame arrangement?

    I peeked in the tops of my 2 hives last warm day a couple of weeks ago here in central Arkansas. Saw honey still up top. Didn't go in at all. Should be in 60s tomorrow so I would like to look inside and see what's doing. Have heard I should rearrange frames if I go in. Wondering what this means and what surprises I might need to be prepared for. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Want to open hive - frame arrangement?

    I don't move frames in winter. I feel that the bees knew more about that in the fall than I did. They have been doing it a lot longer than I have. Make sure the hive has ventilation so it will stay dry in the hive. They can move to stores anytime the temps are in the mid forties. If they are wet or damp they will get stuck and starve in place. From what I am seeing your temps are in the high 60's they can do anything they want.

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    Default Re: Want to open hive - frame arrangement?

    I've got SBB top and bottom, hoping that will be good ventilation for them.

    When I do move frames, is it honey to the outermost? Do you always keep the brood warm and cozy in the middle? Makes sense, but I thought spring was somehow different from fall.

    Thanks for the feedback.

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    Default Re: Want to open hive - frame arrangement?

    The brood nest is always in the middle with combs of honey and pollen in the frames closest to the brood. Empty and undrawn frames to the outside. They will turn frames of honey into brood to expand the brood nest outward in spring. Let bees, be bees they don't need a lot of help from us.

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    Default Re: Want to open hive - frame arrangement?

    SCDW pretty well said it.The only time I would more frames around is if the cluster has worked its way to one side of the top box and has empty frames(or nearly empty)on both sides,then I would move illed frames over next to the cluster as they will not leave the brood and move to the other side for food. Jim
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    Default Re: Want to open hive - frame arrangement?

    *So if I open the hive and they aren't at the top box, there is no need at all to go further down into the 2nd or 3rd box to see where the bees are or to rearrange frames or to do anything at this time?

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