Re: Honey Bound what to do
Hard to open up the brood area with no drawn comb but that is the best I can say to do to break up the honey bound.
Other points to consider:
They will sometimes build queen cells while the new queen is still caged, breaking them down later after you release her. While caged she is not running around laying eggs and spreading her smell around the hive so they think they need to replace her.
Also, on frames with new drawn comb they sometimes fill them, as well as used cells, with nector as apparently part of cleaning the cells. They move the nector and prep. the cell for eggs. So if you have nector in a large area in the center of the frame (where brood goes) you might be surprised to find they cleaned in out in a week and it is now open for brood.
What I normally see in the observation hive is fresh nector in new comb, all over the foundation. Gradually I start seeing them cap it at the top along the edges and bringing pollen in below that while at the same time removing nector, or using it, as they open up the brood area. The new frame of comb is becoming a brood frame. Then the queen moves up and all is well.
Did ya add a honey super?
Last edited by MDS; 05-30-2011 at 12:16 PM.
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