My strongest hive at the start of a honey flow, I'll take all frames of brood and shake all the bees off back into the hive, and give the nekid brood frames to weaker hives that have enough population to care for the brood.
I then put the remaining frames of honey in the strong hive in the bottom brood box, with 2 frames in the center of open cells and young larva and the queen on them. Put on excluder and stack supers up on top with bait frames.
With no brood to feed at beginning of nectar flow, with brood nest plugged with honey (except queen has room to lay on two frames in center so she won't go 'off laying') with room above for storage in supers, the workers will empty the bottom box for the queen to lay real quick by moving honey up and drawing out comb honey above. It can also be used this way for extracted honey, but the excluder is not needed in that case. This is a shook swarm method for comb honey, but I've used it also to get increase yields of extracted honey as well.
ok... it would be kind of interesting to see a map of average production rates per hive.
This is only my second summer but last year one hive swarmed and i got about 20 pounds from it and 10 from the parrent and the hive that didn't swarm i got 150 or so from. both colonies started out as 4 frame nucs with only foundations aside from the 4 frames. now that they have a good base i am looking forward to see what they can do now. split the 3 hives to six and have caught 3 swarms off them so far so that may set them back some. OT i know an i appologize.. just was curious.
A bait frame is a frame of drawn comb, preferably with nectar or open larva in it. It is used as bait to get the bees to work more quickly and easily through a queen excluder or to get them to easily move into an added super on top.
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