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    Default changing out old brood frames

    I want to replace a few old frames in the brood nest. The frames have both brood and stores. I do not run QEs but do have one. Should I put on the QE and move the frames I want to replace above it? If I don't put on the QE and move them up, will they expand the brood nest up into the top super (which is all honey at this time). Should I push the frames together in the brood nest and add a frame in position 1 or 10, or just put a new frame in where the old one was?
    Thanks for any advice.
    Langs, 5 mediums high.
    Last edited by buzz abbott; 12-02-2012 at 02:19 PM. Reason: clarity
    Buzz Abbott
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    Default Re: changing out old brood frames

    I'd probably just move them up and put them on the outside positions. Hopefully the nurse bees stay with the brood and the queen shouldn't be too interested in moving up there with them on the outsides.

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    Default Re: changing out old brood frames

    That makes sense. What about the frame space in the brood nest? Push them together and put the replacement on the outside or just put a new frame in the slot? The lowest overnight temp for the next couple of months will most likely be the mid 40s
    Buzz Abbott
    USDA zone 11a, Western Garden zone 24 (75 ft elev. n34.0w118.47)

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    Default Re: changing out old brood frames

    Quote Originally Posted by buzz abbott View Post
    That makes sense. What about the frame space in the brood nest? Push them together and put the replacement on the outside or just put a new frame in the slot? The lowest overnight temp for the next couple of months will most likely be the mid 40s
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    Buzz Abbott
    USDA zone 11a, Western Garden zone 24 (75 ft elev. n34.0w118.47)

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    Default Re: changing out old brood frames

    Never mind. I think I found my answer in an older thread.
    Buzz Abbott
    USDA zone 11a, Western Garden zone 24 (75 ft elev. n34.0w118.47)

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