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  1. #1
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    Default Maintaining Observation Hive

    I am maintaining an Observation Hive for the 1st time. It has 4 medium frames and is doing very well but has swarmed once so far this year. Should I keep removing the frames that fill up with brood? Will this keep them happy? They are very busy and productive.
    What happens in the winter when I can't take the outside to work the hive. Will they behave like the bees in the outside apiary?
    Thanks for any advice.

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    Default Re: Maintaining Observation Hive

    Observation hive are rapidly overcrowded by an active colony. swarming is a natural occurrence. mine swarms a few times a year. I catch the swarms if I can, and hive them. other than that I just let them go. I do not work them to prevent swarming. The depletion and rebuilding is interesting to explain to those who do not understand bee-Havior. In the winter my hive area is heated to 54 degrees so the bees are a bit more active than in an outside hive. This means I have to feed them a bit more. but they venture down the exit tube, to where it gets cold and realize there will be no flying.

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    Default Re: Maintaining Observation Hive

    That is the easiest solution. The hive is in a nature center for a school so the education piece is a good point also. I love watching the bees in the OH. Thanks so much for your response.

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    Default Re: Maintaining Observation Hive

    > Should I keep removing the frames that fill up with brood?

    I would.

    > Will this keep them happy?

    Not at all. But it will keep them from swarming if you do it often enough...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Maintaining Observation Hive

    There is never a single answer to a beekeeping question In the Spring, before Summer break, it would probably be best to control swarming. It might scare the kids too much to see the swarm. I will check with the school to see if swarming would be a problem over the Summer. Do they have classes at the building at this time of year?
    More food for thought. Thanks

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    Default Re: Maintaining Observation Hive

    Swarms are certainly not dangerous and it would be VERY educational to let kids watch it happen...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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