Adding a 3rd brood box
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  1. #1
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    Default Adding a 3rd brood box

    I'm thinking of adding a 3rd brood box to my hive. Currently the lower box is almost entirely brood and the upper is honey. Should the new box go top, middle or bottom position?

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Adding a 3rd brood box

    I recently had the same quandary. I chose to put it in the middle about a month ago and everything has seemed fine. I have lower and upper entrances so I'm not sure if that makes a difference.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Adding a 3rd brood box

    I usually leave the honey up top. If you still have a good flow, add another super as well so they don't use the new space for nectar.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

  5. #4
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    Default Re: Adding a 3rd brood box

    Put it 2nd leave the honey in the top box. Depending on your fall flow if you have one you can adjust; the bees will move it where they want it
    Dad always said " Smart like tractor, strong like bull "

  6. #5
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    Default Re: Adding a 3rd brood box

    Curious. If adding in the middle, drawn comb or not?

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    Default Re: Adding a 3rd brood box

    If you have it, always drawn comb.

  8. #7
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    Default Re: Adding a 3rd brood box

    During a flow I always add drawn comb whenever possible. However, a strong colony with young bees can pull wax at an amazing rate. My rule of thumb is that any healthy colony that needs space will make it. That goes for honey comb or brood comb. Giving them ready made space saves them time and resources.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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