Adding new brood box or start honey supers?

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Michael Hill, May 15, 2017.

Add another brood box or start honey supers?

  1. Brood box

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  2. Honey super

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  1. Michael Hill

    Michael Hill New Member

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    I am a first year keeper from eastern Virginia and my bees are booming. I started with a 3# package of Italians in an 8 frame deep brood box with foundationless frames in late March. It took them about 4 weeks to draw out roughly 80% of the box and I then added a medium brood box. It has been 2 weeks since I add the second box and it is about 75% drawn out. I know I need to add another medium box but I don't know if it should be another brood box or a honey super. I know everyone says you wont get honey the first year and I want to make sure my girls will make it through the winter, but they are kicking some serious a**. Should I add a honey super and let them fill it for themselves and maybe harvest a fourth box for myself?

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  2. camero7

    camero7 Member

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    Add a honey super. I generally get honey from packages the first year, absent a drought.