Re: Resource Hives - Keeping Colonies Small(ish)
sounds like your making excuses for not expanding... adding 2-3 hives to your footprint is little extra space. just push them together
Long story short, if the municipal map is the "correct" one, the barn will have to move to where the new bee yard was planned and I'll have to figure out something different for the bees
A resource hive is what its manged for, the type of box is immaterial.
AFAIK, there is only one kind of resource hive out there
thats the point of them, growing them 3x tall (12 combs) as you keep pulling resources out to use in outher hives, usually for nuc work
Assuming I started these this spring, how do I keep the colonies small-ish - i.e. of a size that would fit into the half-hive + half-super size of a resource hive? My experience last year was one of exponential growth that would easily out-grow such a small hive in a month.
you could add a QE and then a deep, keep pulling brood up and moveing emptys down, add supers... but that can be a lot of lifting and work, so I would only suggest it for some one with a tiny back yard.... your talking barns and pastures
lucky if she lives that long
To make matters worse, my oldest queen may be due for replacement in the spring of 2020
Last edited by msl; 01-06-2019 at 11:17 AM.
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