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Thread: Reversing Deeps

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    Default Reversing Deeps

    I have a hive that has filled out the bottom deep completely, but refuses to move up into a new deep with foundation and a couple of frames of drawn comb. Will reversing the boxes help much here in late July to get them to draw out the frames?

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    Default Re: Reversing Deeps

    Probably not, even during a flow they are more likely to work up than down. If they aren't using the empty box at all, putting it on the bottom will at least give them a place to hang out under the brood nest - and thus reduce bearding for whatever it is worth. I do that all the time, and they sometimes build a small amount of comb, but only a little.

    You don't really need to worry about it much though, a single will winter fine if you don't let them starve.

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    Default Re: Reversing Deeps

    I'm having the same issue - my question is - if they don't draw out any comb on that 2nd hive should I remove it before winter or just leave it on?

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    Default Re: Reversing Deeps

    The usual practice is to remove them for winter, but if it is on the bottom you can leave it on, and it will act like a big slatted rack. That is still months away though.

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    Default Re: Reversing Deeps

    leave them like they are ---just move some frames ---take a couple or so of FRAMES from bottom and put them in the top box--empty frames in the bottom might help some

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    Default Re: Reversing Deeps

    I have been checker boarding for some time now and they are drawing them out in the main brood box. I placed a few frames of drawn comb in the next deep but they did not move up. They have been the only hive bearding and the one deep is heavy with stores.

    I went ahead and reversed just to see what they would do. This hive was just a few bees in the spring after the winter. I downsized them into a nuc this spring and they have been building since spring. I even made a split out of them 4 weeks ago, and inserted new foundation in the place of the frames I took. The split was the slowest to take off out of the 4. The other 3 came from a different strain of bees I bought this spring.

    But, they would not move up. I guess it will be a little experiment to see what they will do.

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    Default Re: Reversing Deeps

    Move a drawn frame (with brood) up inot the center of the undrawn box... make sure it has bees on it when you do the move. Feed. They'll draw it out. I don't think the bees will leave the brood unattended. They'll start working that box soon enough after that.
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