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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2014
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    Hudson, Wisconsin,USA
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    Default Queen laying pattern and need to switch around boxes?

    My husband and I bought two VERY established colonies this spring. A medium box and one deep on purchase each. We had so many bees we added a second deep immediately when we got them home, now three boxes high. All boxes have drawn comb. The queens in each hive seem to be laying good pattern and we have queen excluders and honey supers on now. My question is, does the queen move through out the levels, filling empty brood comb as needed, or does she just 'move up' and as keepers, we need to swap the lower boxes up and moving her down? These are our first hives, and we are reading everything we can find. We got these colonies and all our gear/supplies from 30+ yr bee keepers that are looking to downsize from 3500 hives!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: Queen laying pattern and need to switch around boxes?

    There is no need to swap boxes ever and certainly not during the flow...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Sacramento,California,USA
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    Default Re: Queen laying pattern and need to switch around boxes?

    Once a strong flow comes on, the queen and brood will be pushed down from the storage of nectar above the brood.

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