I split a strong hive and all went well. Installed a second deep super on July 19. The bees never seemed to accept it for brood and kept filling it with honey stores. Well, it's full now and I just added a shallow honey super.
What could I have done to prevent this?
I guess I'll harvest the deep (and the shallow) but see no way for these bees to overwinter if I do. What do you recommend?
Is there a chance that they'd make it through a Michigan Winter with the two deeps if I left the honey filled deep on?
The main flow is over here in Michigan, the only thing left is the goldenrod and aster. I’ve been pulling 4 frames off the stronger hives, 1 or two off the smaller ones to prevent the brood nest from getting back filled and them getting swarmy. If you could pull and extract 3 or 4 frames out of the top box you’d probably be all set going into fall.
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