Re: Replacing supers after extraction on hive with big population
Your post is a little confusing. If your objective is to secure an additional honey crop then pull the (3) supers off and extract the comb and give one or two boxes back to that colony asap. If the flow is still on your likely to assist them in storing additonal honey right away. Monitoring honey flows is criticle and requires experienced observation by someone familiar with the local bloom. Your post asks if 'empty frames" should be immediately installed in the supers? If you extract the frames and return them to the colony your are returning wet comb and fully drawn frames not empty frames. If you want to have additional foundation drawn you could also place one super on this colony as it should be readily drawn on a good honey flow. So you might give them back one or two boxes of wet comb to continue the flow, but I wouldn't give them back all three. If you want to have another box of foundation drawn then give them one box of that, but I wouldn't give them back the drawn comb at the same time. You also mention your drought, which makes one wonder how your hive secured 3 boxes of surplus nectar during a dearth? If you do want them to draw another box of foundation then bait it with a couple frames of wet comb to get them into this box right away.
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