If you want a Swarm Prevention method that does not involve Splitting and making more hives, then Opening the Sides of the Brood Nest (OSBN) could be for you.
Basically it’s about maintaining an empty frame (empty comb or partial foundation) on each outside edge of the Brood Nest.
Put swarm into a KTBH this spring. Gave them 4 combs of honey from my freezer, added furthest from entrance. They were growing slowly (built about 5 combs in a month) so I added 3 empty bars between the brood nest and honey. A week later seeing they had put nectar into at least one of those...
I did check my hives today.
I have 2 hives, both 3 deeps.
1st hive I checked 2 top deeps: top deep had 4 frames of full caped honey (saying full - there was nothing buy caped honey) + 2 middle frames were partially caped and some little brood at the bottom. 4 honey frames wee...
I know similar questions have been asked on this forum, but time goes on and the beekeeping landscape as well as the world around us is changing.
Can you please share you thoughts on this:
- Do you use any beekeeping software (mobile app, desktop program, internet application etc). ...
Hey gang, maybe I'm overthinking this:
I want to set up my hive for winter. I have deeps for my brood boxes and smaller boxes for honey supers.
My top deep is very busy in that it's full of brood, but there is almost no food.
I have two supers on top, and one has almost 9 full frames of honey...
I'd like to share our most recent publication:
The Potential Management of a Ground-Nesting, Solitary Bee: Anthophora abrupta (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
Here is the link to the pdf:
In Apr 2010, Anthophora abrupta (Say) (Hymenoptera...
Obviously I have messed up to be in this situation, but like anyone, want to make the best of it. I don't know exactly what is going on, but it looks like I have had a swarm. I have two hives, one is thriving, the other is in questionable shape.
I was gone for about 3 weeks, came back 5...