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  1. #1
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    Default Should i remove a hive box?

    Going in to check on my bees soon and I have 4 boxes on. The bottom box is empty but a good number of bees hang out there. Should I remove it to keep the hive more buttoned up for winter? The top 3 boxes have comb and the 3rd one they are just now filling with honey.

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    Default Re: Should i remove a hive box?

    "Should i remove a hive box?"
    I would.
    Aren't they supposed to be the ones feeding me.

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    Default Re: Should i remove a hive box?

    Allow your bees to push your queen DOWN into the lower box by filling the uppers full of Honey. Once you get to the point that they are no longer bringing home honey as in Right before Winter, the bees should be down into the lower box, if not make sure you have plenty of honey above them and then remove the lower box. Bees need plenty of space to cure honey, normally about twice as much as what they honey finally is dried down to. They are probably using that are right now for short term storage. Wait till just before you button them up for winter to decide if you want to remove that extra space or if it actually is extra..
    Thomas Bartram - Since 2013, 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian

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    Thumbs Up Re: Should i remove a hive box?

    good post drlonzo

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    Default Re: Should i remove a hive box?

    Thank you drlonzo I will wait to see how things look closer to winter. I agree with you 100% Appreciate your knowledge.

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    Default Re: Should i remove a hive box?

    Suzyq,
    My bees are doing the same in the bottom box. I've got 4 boxes too. We've got thousands of sunflowers nearby and our buckwheat will still bloom before frost so it will be interesting to see what they'll do. I'm seeing a lot of pollen coming in this week again.
    Drlonzo has a good suggestion. That's what I'm planning to do with mine. As busy as they've been they may end up moving down. If not I'll pull that bottom one.
    Bonnie

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    Default Re: Should i remove a hive box?

    You're very fortunate to be by so many sunflowers! I'm jealous I hope your bees settle into the 4th box too.
    Suzanne

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    Default Re: Should i remove a hive box?

    I'll let you know what happens. I'd like to hear how yours do as well.
    Bonnie

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