This is the best thread to use for "When do you add a second box?" because its the oldest most "on topic" one I found. I can't add a poll to it.
How does your box adding advice differ when adding box 2 versus >2 boxes?
10 frame foundationless mediums
average frames of drawn comb per box: 9.3
boxes per hive: 3, 3, 2, 2, 2
weights (includes screened bottom board + inner cover): I weighed my most and least active hives.
- most active (3 boxes): 45 lbs
- least active (2 boxes): 50 lbs
Did a hive inspection last weekend to check up on the girls. They seem to be doing well! My question is I have 3 deeps on the hive right now 2 deep bodies for the brood area and 1 for honey (that's a story for a different time), brood has dwindled down to half of 3 frames on both bodies so about...
I'm a new beek, so go easy if there is an obvious answer to this.
With so much talk about how many stores to leave the bees to over winter (40-90 lbs), why not leave them all they can produce and harvest any surplus when the spring nectar flow starts? Then you know they had enough to over winter.
Quick Fall Prep question. I am in central North Carolina. I started a package in March. Currently in a double deep with two supers on it. (Debating on removing the supers and letting them fill the hive bodies with necter/honey). My question, what do you/most people feel is needed for pollen...
First ever package of bees installed March 30th. the girls have done really well and have comb on about 32/37 bars.
I started them in the middle of the hive and moved one divider board along as they filled up the hive. When they started approaching that end of the hive, I added some empty bars...
Can anyone share their process for properly overwintering hives and honey store management.
I ran 2 deeps last season and left a full medium of capped for wintering. I checked the hives late January and they had not touched any of the honey in the medium. Yet, come the beginning of...