I started beekeping with 2 packages early April this year. I got two four # packages of italians and russian carniolan hybrids from Honey Bee Genetics in Vacaville, Ca. They have been doing well. The bees reside in 2 8 frame deep supers in the Martinez suburbs, surrounded by rual hills.
Three weeks ago I split both hives, added fresh queens from same breeder and took them to my mentors yard. He says they are doing really well. I have been on the fence about harvesting honey this year. I have been taught to listen to the bees and do what they want. Since the winters are really mild here and I dont mind feeding during winter, lets give it a try!
An inspection yeaterday showed quite a bit of burr comb in the Italian hive. I added a 3rd deep super with no excluder. My mentor told me NOT to use an excluder. His reasoning was
1.) they damage the wings of the bees
2.) the bees will not want to force thier way into the upper supers
3.) the queen will not lay in the supers b/c the size of the Langsron hive is designed to keep the brood nest at the desired size.
This contradicts most of everything I have read. I have two excluders on order from Brushy Mountain along with a couple of thier neato bee escape boards. My mentor said to keep them so we could do a 2 queen condo and make comb honey with the splits. That is the only time you should use an excluder according to him.
Ok bee brains out there. Let me get some opinions. To exclude or not to exclude, that is the question.
Thanks in advance,