After Harvest Dilema.............

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  1. 40 Acre Bees

    40 Acre Bees New Member

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    After Harvest Dilema... Not sure what to do

    Well we did our first harvest yesterday and are awaiting our results (crush & strain) but we are wondering if we did something wrong. We removed 3 shallow boxes (two with honey, one 98% empty foundationless frames) from the one hive and now this morning that hive that is just covered with bees (apparent bearding), is it possible by removing these three shallow boxes we have created and over crowding situation. Each hive now consists of 2 deep boxes, which is what was recommneded that we over winter with. Should we just let it be or should we replace one of the shallows that we removes to make more room for the girls. Thanks
     
  2. PerryBee

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    If you removed all three boxes from the one hive you may consider putting the empty one back for a short period. Don't forget that brood rearing is slowing but the rate of death of your older bees will continue unabated for a while. Space inside will become available shortly.
     

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    Thanks Perry, we put one of the shallows back on so the girls could at least get inside. Preliminary results
    17 X 375 ml jars
    1 X 750 ml jar
    1 X 250 ml jar,
    and another 3-4 jars yet to come probably. We are extremely happy, not bad for our first year. Thanks again to everyone on the forum for making our first year a success. Now to get through the winter.
     
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    Almost 20 pounds off your first 2 nucs already. Not bad for a first year. :wink: :thumbsup:
     
  5. pistolpete

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    the crowding after forcing them down to two boxes is perfectly normal. If you do this in the summer it's a good way to make them swarm, but in the fall it's harmless. It's a good way to get the rest of the comb filled. Makes the bees cranky and hard to do inspections though.