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  1. #1
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    Oct 2010
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    Oregon, IL
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    Default Shrinking the hive

    Well, it was a great year for bee production but a crummy year for honey production. Now I've got several hives that are packed with bees, but the supers have little or no capped comb. I'd like to get the hives shrunk down to overwintering size (3 mediums) so I can start feeding them and adding mite controls. Is it ok to just remove the two extra supers on each hive now, or does that overcrowd the hive too much? Thanks in advance. Brion

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Shrinking the hive

    Crowding like that this late encourages backfilling, which is exactly what I do....

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Shrinking the hive

    Is there no nectar coming in at this time? Are the supers you want to take off mediums too? Why don't you leave them on and feed?
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



  4. #4
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    Default Re: Shrinking the hive

    Mark, depending on your location in IL right now its awful.... we had a late spring, 14" of rain july first, and nary a drop since. goldenrod is a bust right now. plants are all in drought mode and a month early. I am doing OCT shutdowns this weekend. Pinch all the crap queens and combine.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Shrinking the hive

    What do you think about splitting and feeding? Three mediums each.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Shrinking the hive

    Not at this time of the year. I wouldn't.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



  7. #7
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    Kane, Illinois, USA
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    Default Re: Shrinking the hive

    Withano - I also have hives near Oregon IL and we have had a fairly good year for honey, so I am surprised by your comment that you have had a crummy year. My bees are actively working the goldenrod and filling supers...

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