1 or 2 supers

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  1. Badger

    Badger New Member

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    I'm a new beekeeper. I have a new nuc and introduced them to their new home. Later should I put a queen excluder and then another super or 2 supers before putting the queen excluder? Any thoughts?
     
  2. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I only use queen excluders to keep a queen IN if I pick up a hot swarm or hot removal or on multiple box setups to help me locate the queen
     

  3. Bryan Brassell

    Bryan Brassell New Member

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    Like most things beekeeping, you will find many different answers on this one. I use excluders because I am interested in honey production and don't want eggs in my supers. I know others who don't use them and still have no problem harvesting honey as the queens tend to work a compact area rather than laying eggs at random. For me it is a convenience to not have to worry about eggs in my honeycomb, but on the flip side, I probably run a higher risk of an queen running out of space in which to lay eggs, thus requiring more inspection.
     
  4. ccjersey

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    You don't say where you are, but the small hive beetle can take advantage of extra "real estate" the bees have to patrol.

    I started out this spring determined to add a second deep below the queen excluder to all my hives. The nectar flow was going strong and the bees had everything full of brood and nectar. It took a couple weeks with one thing and another but i got them built and put on. Then I harvested some honey and put the extracted frames back on the hives for the bees to clean and perhaps refill. I didn't realize that I had increased the space on a few colonies that had swarmed? or were much weaker for some reason. I had a beetle invasion in those hives.

    I went from adding supers to taking them off in the space of a month!
     
  5. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Unused super space should be removed.