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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Thanks for the update.

    Yes, once there are a couple of brood frames with mostly drone comb, then the focus is more on worker size comb after that.

    Can you please state WHEN you started OSBN in...
  2. Re: Split- Removed queen to resource hive, were they supercedure cells?

    The number of Queen cells is also an indication of their purpose. Less than 5 in a large hive is usually Supersedure.

    I typically see it towards the end of the Main Flow.

    Can be caused by an...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Cool, thanks again Roland.

    Haven't seen anything from Adrian for some time now..

    Username00101, thanks for the comments.
    Had the hive already started Swarm Prep/Queen Cells when you started...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    We are talking about Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest, so I'm going to draw the line at moving up 4 frames (2 from each side).

    Moving any more frames up from a Single Deep is half the Brood...
  5. Re: If I add an upper entrance above my QE will the bees fill the honey supers faster

    I use upper entrances and find the bees use them more for ventilation than an entrance.
    When the temperatures get to 35C/95F or above it significantly reduces bearding.
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Ok, here's some calculations:

    Worker Brood Cycle: 21 Days
    Worker Brood Capped: Day 9

    10 Frame Single Deep
    Queen lays:
    10 Frames/21 Days = 0.48 of a Frame

    Adding 2 Empty Frames at day 14...
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    Re: Swarm? Supercedure? Both?

    Both. I've seen it a few times at the end of the Main Flow.
    They start off with Supersedure Cells, then decide to swarm as well.

    One hive did Supersedure at the same time at the end of the Main...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Cool, thanks Roland.

    Now that I have a heap of empty Drawn Comb, I might do a side by side comparison.

    One hive doing OSBN with Foundation as normal, and the other hive following the same...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    I watched a few guys with Single Deeps on YouTube. I notice the bees leaving a dome of empty cells on the middle frames directly above the Excluder. They expect the Queen to lay there, but she can't...
  10. Re: Any guesses? Swarm took 6 weeks to start laying?

    I've seen a new Queen lay a small patch of brood, then found an empty Queen Cell and no sign of the Queen. So a Virgin Queen may start laying some eggs after first mating, but still go out for some...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Hi Roland, I haven't tried a Single Deep for all season, but I'm sure it would work well. Just would have to be moving up the 2 outside frames (typically with brood) every week instead.

    I prefer...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    You've got it Karen. Now that you are well into the Main Flow it's more about keeping those house bees busy, drawing out comb in Supers and moving up nectar that the field bees are bringing in. If...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Yes, the Broodnest is usually moved upwards during the Spring. Then from the Main Flow the Broodnest gets backfilled and pushed down as the honey is stored at the top of the Nest

    The bottom box is...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Thank you both for the updates.

    The weather here this year has also been frustrating. We went from drought to bushfires, then flooding. We have already had more than the yearly average of...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Now that the southern states of the USA are well into the Main Flow, I would be interested to hear how people have gone this year with OSBN.

    Also of interest, a question for those seeing...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    As long as there is incoming nectar and pollen and there are large numbers of Nurse/House bees, then the hive can draw comb.

    So I see this happening from 3 weeks before Swarm Season when I start...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    You can just open up one side of the Broodnest if the colony is not so strong, just check within 1 week instead of 2 weeks.

    OSBN has been used to stop Swarms. Just make sure all Queen Cells are...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Hi Trin,

    A starter strip can be used, but early in Swarm Season it will usually be drawn out at Drone Comb. Cross comb is always a possibility with starter strips.
    I prefer to use at least 1/3 of...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    The bees want a complete the Broodnest before they swarm, this is typically the whole Brood Box they are currently in. This includes completing capped honey around the top and sides of the nest.
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    Re: another OSBN question in Cincinnati

    Hi Karen,

    We still see swarms in the Main Flow but the cause of these is usually because of the hive running out of space.

    If you've run out of frames you may be able to start extracting. Soon...
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    Re: another OSBN question in Cincinnati

    Hi Karen,

    Now that the Main Flow has started, the bees focus changes from reproduction to bringing in and storing as much nectar as possible before Summer. Swarming from now is much less likely...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Hi Gopherknoll,
    Just wondering how things are going and if you had a chance to check the hives?

    Karen said she had a hive stop Wax Making. I'm thinking Wax Making stopped because of lack of...
  23. Re: Swarm control in a booming hive: kind of an OSBN question...

    Karen, did you give this hive Drawn Comb? If the bees have plenty of empty comb, then Wax Making will stop.
    Getting them to start Wax Making again can be a challenge.

    I believe Wax Making starts...
  24. Re: Swarm control in a booming hive: kind of an OSBN question...

    I have been dealing with a booming hive this summer and autumn (fall). I wish I had done what I am suggesting.

    By removing 1/3 of the Brood you will also be reducing the number of bees adding to...
  25. Re: Swarm control in a booming hive: kind of an OSBN question...

    Hi Karen,

    If you have a large population and not enough queen pheromone is getting around the hive, the bees will start Supercedure cells. Hopefully they were torn down before a virgin emerged.
    ...
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