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  1. #1
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    Apr 2013
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    Default Adding deep super to prevent swarm

    May be a dumb question for most of you.

    In the spring, why not add an extra deep super in the spring. Move some of the frames from the bottom two into it, and mix the 10 bare frames in all three supers?

  2. #2
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    Michigan
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    Default Re: Adding deep super to prevent swarm

    Wouldnt it be better to use the 3rd deep to just split and start a new hive?? Better another colony than a larger one??

  3. #3
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    Oak Harbor, WA
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    Default Re: Adding deep super to prevent swarm

    I always thought it was the other way around. One colony was to be better than two of equal value.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Adding deep super to prevent swarm

    One is better than two weak ones, but, if you have a hive strong enough to need a 3d deep, I would split out a 5 frame nuc and replace frames with foundation, to hopefully prevent swarming. Move the queen to the 1st chamber, put any empty comb plus the five frames from the split in the 2d deep. Will give her room to move up, maybe keep swarming off their minds.

    cchoganjr

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Adding deep super to prevent swarm

    Understood - thanks!

  6. #6
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: Adding deep super to prevent swarm

    It's not just about adding boxes...

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesswarmco...m#reproduction
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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