West tn new bee question
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  1. #1
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    Default West tn new bee question

    Can I rotate hive body's are is it too early I have drone cell . no drones have hatched yet .Also have a ton of worker brood . I'm worried about swarming. it's in the mid 30s at night and mid 60s in the day. This crazy Tennessee weather is killing me

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    Default Re: West tn new bee question

    I live just north of Memphis and I just rotated my hives yesterday. Upon inspection I have 3 medium boxes of capped brood. With drone cells and quite a few drones walking around as well. The last month the hives have went through 2 boxes worth of honey storages. Crazy warm weather makes them fly and then they seem to burn through more honey since they cant find any nectar. I do have a bit of uncapped nectar, some new comb, and tons of pollen. But I think we are still about 2-3 weeks before the start of any flow. But I am taking a risk and hoping I dont get some chilled brood. Always pros and cons to weigh.
    Last edited by Teipsum; 02-29-2016 at 03:04 PM.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: West tn new bee question

    Thanks for the reply this weather has been nuts and hard for a new bee keeper to know what to do .

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    Default Re: West tn new bee question

    I'm going to wait until next weekend and the temperatures are pretty much above freezing at night. I am an hour or so north of you guys. Of course it will depend on what I see during inspection also.
    Last edited by timgoodin; 03-01-2016 at 06:21 AM. Reason: after thought

  6. #5
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    Default Re: West tn new bee question

    Rotated two of my largest hives Today hopefully everything will work out .

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    Default Re: West tn new bee question

    We don't rotate ours by time of year but by how the bees look. When the top box is full we rotate. We only do this once and depend upon our removal of nectar combs in april to discourage swarming. We replace these with foundation or empty combs. STILL strong colonies much be checked for sign of swarming with a simple lift and look underneath the frames for queen cell building at the bottoms of the frames. Best of Luck!
    Splitting a first year hive successfully https://youtu.be/ZfRTreQ-S9c

  8. #7
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    Default Re: West tn new bee question

    My top deep was full of bee's and brood bottom box didn't have anything just wanted to make sure the queen would would use all of her brood boxes but didn't want to risk of chill brood with the cold nights we are having.

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    Default Re: West tn new bee question

    Based on your weather, i would rotate and not look back. Highs in the mid 70's and lows close to 60 arnt going to be an issue for freezeing the hive. 10 days out for your forcast shows more of the same if not even warmer.

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    Default Re: West tn new bee question

    Quote Originally Posted by Ellisfarms View Post
    My top deep was full of bee's and brood bottom box didn't have anything just wanted to make sure the queen would would use all of her brood boxes but didn't want to risk of chill brood with the cold nights we are having.
    Better to be safe than sorry! However you could have exchanged a couple pollen or honey frames up top with some empty combs beneath.
    Splitting a first year hive successfully https://youtu.be/ZfRTreQ-S9c

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