Re: Getting bees to draw comb & swarm prevention - Opening the Sides
We use mediums, we started adding cut frames in April sometime, opening the brood nest. We had a cold winter last year, this year it is bouncing around. We are going to try and figure out when to start opening the brood nest.
We went into the hives around every 10-14 days and reopened the brood nest. A few times we added a empty frame with a starter strip. The bees drew the empty space with drone cells, which we cut out, froze, checked mites levels. The bees nicely filled the removed drone comb with new comb.
We did this until June, I need to get my records out to remember. We had no swarms or even starts of swarms.
I read your posts last year (Matt Davey), never quite figured out checkerboarding, so used the open the brood nest method you posted about. I mark the frames with cut foundation, foundation less, with a big red X so I can remember where it is to be able to pull them.
Zone 6b: 27 hives in Maryland, Carniolan, Italian mix mutts: Still learning - started bees spring of 2014.