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  1. #1
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    Oct 2010
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    Connersville Indiana USA
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    Default switching brood hive bodies

    Ten years ago I gave up bee keeping, Defeated by the verona mite.
    With the introduction of the mite resistant carniolians I decided to try beekeeping again.

    My bee are russian's from Kelly bee's, I am very happy with the way they came through the winter. I would recomend them to anyone in northern parts of USA.

    I have two hives, both with two deep brood hive bodies installed in 2010

    My question is [This spring 2011]

    Do I need to switch the hive bodies. I mean change the brood hives bodies from the bottom to the top, And the top to the bottom.

    central Indiana Jerry

  2. #2
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    Jun 2010
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    Nassau County, New York, USA
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    Default Re: switching brood hive bodies

    IMO if the bees have moved to the upper super over the winter (as it happens mostly) you should put it at the bottom and move the now empty lower super on top. But if the bees are in the lower super, and did not move to the upper super, no need to switch.

  3. #3
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    OKC, OK USA
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    Default Re: switching brood hive bodies

    Well, you can but you don't have to.... This is one of many topics of debate between beeks.
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

  4. #4
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    Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA
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    Default Re: switching brood hive bodies

    If the bees have all moved up to the top deep after winter, there's really no debate. Switch. Keeping empty comb above the queen is one of the simplest swarm preventatives.
    ...This, and my heart, and all the Bees
    Which in the Clover dwell.

  5. #5
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    Brown County, IN
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    Default Re: switching brood hive bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by NasalSponge View Post
    Well, you can but you don't have to.... This is one of many topics of debate between beeks.
    But even if you decide to switch them, I believe it's too early here in Indiana to do that.

    Off-topic: are you going to the Spring Beekeepers' Meeting in Bloomington?
    http://www.hoosierbuzz.com/

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    Default Re: switching brood hive bodies

    I agree, there are folks in my neck of the woods that reverse way too early in my opinion. If the purpose of reversing is for swarm prevention, why not wait until dandelion bloom or just before? I think reversing is a great way to clean things up and give 'em a little more space at a critical time.

  7. #7
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    Nassau County, New York, USA
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    Default Re: switching brood hive bodies

    According to "Beekeeping for Dummies" book, whose advise I follow rigorously, you must repeat the reversal in 3 to 4 week restoring the hive to its original configuration.

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