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  1. #1
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    Apr 2012
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    high springs florida usa
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    Embarrassed nothing in bottom box

    checked the bees today and the hive is two deep top hive plenty of bees honey pollen brood ect bottom box nothing i mean nothing no bees honey nothing i took that box out and condensed them down to one box did i do the right thing or what i hope so thanks

  2. #2
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    Gloucester County, New Jersey
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    Default Re: nothing in bottom box

    Up here (NJ) I'm told some empty comb is good going into winter so the bees have a place to cluster. Not sure about your climate whether the bees cluster or not.

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    Default Re: nothing in bottom box

    it is quite normal for them to condense the cluster to one box, the upper one,, if you are running two brood boxes,, helps them keep the cluster warm and smaller,

    I always take the lower box off,, and put it onthe top in the spring

  4. #4
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    Default Re: nothing in bottom box

    so taking the lower box off is ok then

  5. #5
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    Default Re: nothing in bottom box

    As long as they have some empty cells to cluster.

  6. #6
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    Plantsville, Ct.
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    Default Re: nothing in bottom box

    I'm up in Ct. and have 1 frame with only foundation in my top deep box. They never drew out the one I put in place of the feeder. Does anyone know if I should move that into the cluster area so they have more room? Top or bottom?

  7. #7
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    Default Re: nothing in bottom box

    keep foundation away at this time of year
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

  8. #8
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    Default Re: nothing in bottom box

    Should I evenly space the 9? Or just leave the empty feeder in place??

  9. #9
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    Default Re: nothing in bottom box

    I'm going to check today to see if there's anything going on in the bottom deep? If not, I guess I could remove it and put a frame from that box in??

  10. #10
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    Default Re: nothing in bottom box

    leave feeder in place unless you think they need the space for food, then place a frame of honey in the place of the feeder. But the space filled with foundation would be fine otherwise. The problem with leaving the feeder in during winter is the condensation will form inside and make for a smelly mess
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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