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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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Yes, you can run it as a Single Deep with a Queen Excluder. Once the Main Flow is on I'm not too concerned about the Broodnest.
    So yes, remove all frames that are completely honey or nectar from the...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Agreed, Checkerboarding should only be with Drawn Comb and Honey.

    Alternating Foundation is a good term for what I was describing. Have seen it referred to as Checkerboarding by some, so was...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    The point of putting in a frame of Partial Foundation is to create a Hole beside the Broodnest. This is to trigger Wax Making because the bees want to fill the Hole with comb ASAP.

    Only 1 Partial...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Bees will always make queen cups, regardless of if they are wanting to Swarm or not.
    It seems to be a "just in case".
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Thanks Grins.

    Amibusiness, yes I have found that the first comb that is drawn is usually Drone comb. A Nuc may not, but anything like a full size Deep or larger will focus on raising Drones early...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--files/drawnwedgefoundation/DrawnWedgeFoundation.JPG


    I have been doing final extracting before winter and found one of the plastic Partial Foundation Frames...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    http://daveybees.wdfiles.com/local--files/drawnwedgefoundation/DrawnWedgeFoundation.JPG


    I have been doing final extracting before winter and found one of the plastic Partial Foundation Frames...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Thanks for the update Fivej,

    I usually do a full inspection the first chance after winter and then try to get into the hives for a second inspection 3 weeks before Swarm Season. Put it in as a...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    So did they drawn comb on the first couple frames when you first started doing OSBN?

    I don't checkboard the supers. Just maintain 2 frames of foundation in each super. Only the top Box has more...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Hi Hayden, yes I would recommend you prepare to start OSBN 3 weeks before the start of your usual Swarm Season. So the first week of February for you. Some hives may not be strong enough to start at...
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    Re: OSBN - Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest

    Thanks Gww, yes the bees do NOT like having a hole within the Brood Nest or directly beside it. They will make it a high priority to fill it in with comb.
    I prefer removing frames directly beside...
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