Re: Giganto Hive: How to get them to condense resources
Originally Posted by Fern
First off, the other posters give excellent advice also, there are many ways to achieve a good result. My suggestion is just one way, of several good ways.
But if you reduce the hive and try to encourage them to move the stores to the bottom, you would first let the bees get accustomed to their new sized hive for a couple of weeks. Then take the outer and inner cover off and put the completely empty box on, then the honey boxes on that. If there are combs in the box, there is a connection to the honey boxes so the bees may see the whole thing as their hive and not move the honey. The empty box is to create a seperation from where the bees intend to winter.
The idea is they now see this honey as too far away for winter supplies, so bring it down to the main hive. This is temperature dependant, if it's getting too cold they won't do it.
Also they will clean out uncapped cells quick enough, but may leave the capped cells. You could extract this for yourself, or if you want the bees to have it, scrape the caps off to encourage the bees to move it.
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