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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:12 pm    Post subject: Feeding bees .... Reply with quote

Hello Folks. I haven't been here for a year or so. Things seem to have trundled along ok for me and the bees.

However: I have 5 hives 3 all have 1 'super' on. I'm planning on leaving everything therein for the bees over winter.

1 only has the 'bottom' box and a fairly healthy looking crowd.

The final 1 has 4 'supers' on. I was going to steal a bit of honey for my toast during winter. Leave a load for them BUT, and this is where I want your advice please, I was wondering about emptying a 'super of honey' of its bees and then giving it to the first hive I mentioned, for winter. As I said, the 1 with only a bottom box.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are all four of the supers on that final hive full? If so then, yes giving one of them to the brood box only colony might not be a bad idea. You could still harvest one or two combs of capped honey for yourself. Enjoy!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbara - thanks so so much for your quick reply. Yes, all the supers are full.

I'm going to do it. Can you suggest when is a good time to do it? Soon or wait until mid september when they've had more time to stock some winter food up for themselves. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would probably do it now, but take a couple of combs out so they have a little room to build new comb which may enable them to move stores from the brood nest and produce a few extra bees before winter. I would arrange it so that the empty frames you replace are the outside ones and then if they don't manage to fill them it is not a big deal, but you don't really want empty spaceI(s) in the centre above the brood nest.
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