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Quick hive supers update – a quick peek.

PeekHey all- a quick ‘peek’ over the weekend.

I checked on the super over the weekend- not much build-out going on up there yet. I have the queen excluder on there and we’ll see how that goes over the next few weeks.  I had about a dozen or so bees in the super when I opened it up, so at least some are investigating.

I suppose this means they don’t feel the need to go up there yet. 🙂

I’m glad I have it on there though – alleviates the possibility of the bees feeling cramped down below.  Population is definitely up into the summer sizes – the queen has done her job well.

Full hive breakdown inspection on the schedule for this weekend – so we’ll see how they are doing in the hive bodies.

-Will

 

2 comments to Quick hive supers update – a quick peek.

  • Nigel Phillips (twitter @nigelsbees)

    Hi I have three hives one of which I made from an artificial swarm in late April. I noticed that there has been a slow down in stores since the end of June caused I think by the extremely dry weather affecting the amount of nectar in the flowers ! If this is the case I would assume that the resultant honey will be quite concentrated in flavours and aroma. Is there a means of measuring this I wonder? Cannot wait for the rain to hit Gloucestershire later this week which should provide a late flow for the girls.

  • Kenny

    I’ll chime in my 2 cents…

    I would advise not to use queen excluders below new foundation, I have also read this in many different places. I also would recommend not using them other than for locating a hard to find queen. Place one excluder between each box so you can narrow down which box she’s in when you need to find her and are having a difficult time locating her, i.e. requeening. Place the excluders in, wait 4 days, and the box with the eggs in it has the queen.

    If you read enough, you find them called “Honey Excluders” as the bees do not like to pass through, sure they’ll do it if they have to, but they’ll be much less likely to fill the brood area with nectar if it’s an “Unrestricted” brood nest.

    Once you have a good honey band just above the brood, most of the time the queen will not go above that, making it a natural queen excluder.

    One place I do use an excluder is on my hives for comb honey, you can’t have brood in your comb honey frames.

    Kenny

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