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  1. #1
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    Default New hive starting with drawn comb.

    I will be installing a package soon into a hive that died over winter. The frames are all drawn out and there are the empty cells from last years brood cluster, capped and uncapped honey and quite a lot of stored pollen. My question is, is there a specific/certain order or sequence to follow when I arrange the frames in the hive for the incoming new package? I am guessing that it won't matter and the bees will move anything that needs to be moved. I am just concerned about the amount of pollen that is stored will be a lot of work for the bees to move around to make room for the Queen to lay. Thanks, juzzer

  2. #2
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    Jan 2012
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    Canton, OH
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    Default Re: New hive starting with drawn comb.

    I put my queen cage between two drawn brood frames and put food on either side. With B=Brood, H=Honey and P=Pollen, the ones I started over the weekend look like:

    BHPHBBHPHB

    Not sure if it's "right," but my thinking was that the food should be close to where the queen is so it's easy to get to when she starts laying.

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