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  1. #1
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    May 2012
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    Farmington, new hampshire
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    Default frame manipulation

    hello,

    i always have trouble getting my bees to draw out new comb on all of my frames in my new hives. I'm hoping someone here can help with the guidelines of manipulating new frames so that the bees draw them out completely.
    i have included a frame layout of one of my hives here it is:

    Empty frame, empty frame, honey, eggs/brood, brood, eggs, eggs/brood, honey/nectar, empty frame, empty frame.

    this is a first year hive and i've been feeding this hive since april.

    Also when is a good time to add another hive body, I usually wait until 7 of the 10 frames are drawn out.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2011
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    Evansville, IN
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    Default Re: frame manipulation

    Swap the #2 and #3 frames, ditto #7 & #8, this should encourage them to draw them out.

    Make sure they have plenty of pollen. If not, feed them a protein patty to stimulate more brood.

    Likely they superseded the queen, so you have some lag in brood expansion, and the bees won't build comb unless they need it.

    Peter

  3. #3
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    May 2012
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    Farmington, new hampshire
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    Default Re: frame manipulation

    psfred

    thank you for your response. I dont think they superceded the queen, i marked it and its still there. brood has already been hatching out and those frames of brood are full frames, both sides!

    What are your thoughts on adding another deep? too soon?

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