added all the brood boxes last Wednesday, question?

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  1. Yankee11

    Yankee11 New Member

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    This being my first spring with the hives, how do I know when to add the honey supers? Do I need to wait until
    the new brood boxes are almost filled with brood? Most of the brood boxes had drawn comb but the super will all be wax foundation.

    Fruit trees are starting to bloom.

    Thanks,
     
  2. bamabww

    bamabww Active Member

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    I'm just a little further south than you and I put mine on last Saturday. My deeps, except for one hive with a late swarm I caught, are all drawn out though. I plan on checking this next weekend and see what has been added. I put half drawn comb foundation and half new plastic in each super on my 4 hives.
     

  3. Yankee11

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    My deeps are drawn out also.

    So sounds like I can go ahead and add the first super.
     
  4. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    "Fruit trees are starting to bloom."

    put the super on yankee
     
  5. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    what riverbee said....

    as a rule I would rather put new supers, new frames and foundation on early rather that late < I just think that accepting these takes a bit longer than comb so it is better to have these on early... too late may be too late.... if you know what I mean?
     
  6. Yankee11

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    Yep, Thanks, getting them put on today.

    One last question.
    Can I pull any capped frames that are leftover from winter. I have one hive that still has about 9 or 10 frames completely capped that they didn't use. Plus some other frames scattered through some other hives.
     
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    If the bees don't need them, they're yours! :mrgreen:
     
  8. BoilerJim

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    In Indiana its when the dandalions begin to bloom.
     
  9. tecumseh

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    a snip...
    Can I pull any capped frames that are leftover from winter.

    tecumseh...
    you do need to do something with these. the 9 in the hive being more a concern than the one or two scattered here and there. the 9 COULD represent a honey cap and this MAY lead to swarming. you can do any number of things but generally I would SCRATCH the capping and place this box on the bottom board (I am guessing going from the top to the bottom position) with the primary brood nest just above this box of honey. classically you would add a box of frames and foundation at the very top of the stack and with good luck the removal of the capped honey would also get the top box pulled to comb.