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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:09 pm    Post subject: Puzzled how to proceed Reply with quote

I use ordinary national hives. Last year a swarm set up home in one that was sitting about empty. They filled it completely with comb and I put a super on top to give them extra space.

The hive is packed with bees, the super is full of honey. I would like to get them onto frames in another brood box before they swarm - and of course I can't look into the hive to see if they are getting any QCs ready.

Will it work if I remove the super of honey and replace it with a brood box of frames - some drawn, some new foundation - will the Queen move up into the new space when she needs it?

I have been told that I need to invert the hive that they are using to encourage them out of it. This seems unnecessarily invasive.

Also I have an empty hive with foundation frames nearby, hoping that any swarm might just move next door.

Can anyone advise me please?
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