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Depends on how packed with bees and honey your single is! If you have dandelions and fruit trees blooming and every frame is covered with bees, it is time to take a look! It is more important to give you single a lift to see if it is lite and to pull outside frames enough to see if you have a couple frames of honey. If you don't have that couple of frames of reserve, it is time to get some syrup on them. That thriving colony of yours could starve to death in such a hurry.

If you have a box jammed full of bees, it is time to set up your second box and quickly pull a center frame, drop in a foundationless or frame with foundation in the bottom box and set your second story with foundation tight around your frame of brood on top. That can be done in under two minutes. On a sunny, non windy day in the upper forties, that is not hazardous to the colony. I advise pulling an outside frame first and sliding four frames toward the vacancy before pulling the frame to be removed into the open before lifting straight up. Have a definite plan and plan to do it quickly.

Congratulations on getting your colony thru a rough winter. Now don't let them starve or swarm because you are afraid to open up and look.
 
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