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    Default Low temperature vs opening the broodnest

    According to Michael Bush's <<calendar>> of early blooming trees, now is the time in my place to start with opening the broodnest. But to do so, I must check all the frames in the nest , pulling frames out etc. The temperature is still low, day 10 C , night 3-4 C. How do you manage this?

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    Default Re: Low temperature vs opening the broodnest

    Hi Drakos,

    I would "Open the sides" of the broodnest. That is placing an undrawn frame between the outside edge of the broodnest and a frame of stores (or the edge of the box). Done every 2-3 weeks. You can also do both sides at once after a couple of frames have been drawn.

    I'm looking for testers, if your interested. Have a look at: http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ning-the-sides

    • This method does not force bees to cover a larger broodnest than they are able to cover.
    • The bees still have direct access to the frame that was beside the broodnest, but it is now above instead. Not a problem, when heat rises.
    • The bees can build the comb in their own time, but it gives them an incentive to build comb.
    • Develops comb builders before swarm season and helps deter swarming.
    • Enlarges the size of the broodnest when the bees would usually be backfilling, as the queen lays in comb as it is being built.

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    Default Re: Low temperature vs opening the broodnest

    Hi Matthew

    I am going to try your idea but need some advice.
    The new frames are totaly empty, or with foundation?
    If I use drawn frames , that changes thing for worsh or for better?
    I want to expand the population as soon as possible, for an early flow I have. Will it help or is Just for swarm prevention?

    Tasos

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    Default Re: Low temperature vs opening the broodnest

    I used new foundationless frames, so I am wanting to know if it works as well using frames of foundation.

    Using empty drawn comb would definitely work in helping to expand, as the bees don't need to use up nectar to make wax. You may find that they just move the stores closer to the broodnest though. I'd be interested to know what they do.

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    Default Re: Low temperature vs opening the broodnest

    OK I will keep you informed

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    Default Re: Low temperature vs opening the broodnest

    >According to Michael Bush's <<calendar>> of early blooming trees, now is the time in my place to start with opening the broodnest.

    I'm not sure where your spring has progressed to, but opening the brood nest is usually shortly before prime swarm season. Too early will chill the brood.
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesswarmcontrol.htm#opening

    Checkerboarding, on the other hand, can be done quite early as it does not disrupt the brood nest.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesswarmco...heckerboarding
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesexperiment.htm
    http://www.beesource.com/point-of-view/walt-wright/
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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