About 40 Colonies
Oh that's true! But you screwed it up before they could finish the O.
You had a great idea Newbeek just went about it wrong. You can place two medium box’s togather to form a deep, medium frame in the bottom box, one in the upper place them in line vertically between your deep frames and they will draw out that comb where you wanted it. It’s requires more work but if you need mediums drawn out hey.
Oh yeah, I have done that too. I ran out of deeps once and put some mediums in to work as placeholders so the wouldn't attach to the inner cover, then forgot about them. They built very nice straight drone comb on all of them.
Sometimes removing queen excluder is a best option if they were not moving to super. Once the comb built and sometimes queen lays in super. After that you can keep queen excluder. Or if the frames are of same size then move one brood or honey frame to top so they can go to super. Or give a top entrance,2 days they do some nuisance by orienting themselves through top entrance. But while going from top they can fastly build comb and fill the above super.I've got two nucs that have drawn out and filled the brood boxes. I added a super and queen excluder to both. They do not want to go through the excluder. The supers are bare foundation.
So I took out the excluder. Did I do the right thing? I don't expect excess honey from these as the summer flow will be over in a couple of weeks. Will be goldenrod in the fall. What is the best strategy to get comb built out for next year? Thanks.
I tried that for a very short while and was finding too much pollen in honey supers.Need yalls opinion in reference to bees not going through queen excluder....what if you build a small square wood piece, the size of an entrance reducer, to sit between the excluder and the honey super with the small opening of the reducer as an entrance above the excluder. That way, they could access the honey super above the excluder.