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Bee Craft Timely Reminder – April 19th 2017

Supers on hives. Photo: Pauline Aslin

When all but the outside frames of a box are covered with bees, add another box. This is normally a super (above a queen excluder).

However, you may wish to add another brood chamber or brood super if your queen is very prolific. In this case you will not need the queen excluder until you start to add supers for the collection of honey. Sometimes it is difficult to coax the bees up above a queen excluder so you may need to move a drawn comb up, containing food but no brood that a few weeks before had been placed in the brood chamber on the edge of the brood nest. Some beekeepers do not use an excluder at all as they think that this will delay or prevent swarming. However, this can cause the queen to lay upwards in a tunnel shape which will mean that inspecting a colony will take a lot longer, as you have to look at brood in many more boxes!

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