Beginner question. When the honey supers are on how do you check the brood boxes?

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  1. CrogWelly

    CrogWelly New Member

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    When the honey supers are on how do you check the brood boxes?

    Do you just unpack the stack and take a look at the brood boxes as usual ?

    Crog

     
  2. Ray

    Ray Member

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    I don't check them, once the honey supers are on, the bees are on their own.
     

  3. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't want to check with more than 2 honey supers on, but I do check up to that point. I have a little table just a little larger than a hive box. I check the top box action, comb, honey or brood/eggs, etc., then put the lid on it and set it on the table. Box 2, Same thing, remove lid from box 1, and move 2 on top of it after checking it. AT that point I am in the brood box to check it. Can be a very good thing to check too. Reassembly in reverse order, one box at a time. Smoke before inspecting and as you open each box, very lightly, again if bees become agitated
     
  4. ibeelearning

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    Since a neighbor across from one of my yards reported a swarm last week (thrilling for her), obviously I get lazy and don't check the big stacks as often as I should.:oops::doh:

    When I am on my game, I won't go through frames, but will tip the boxes up enough to check the undersides for swarm cells. While doing so, I get a pretty good idea about density, SHB, blockages...
     
  5. camero7

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    Watch the entrances, you can tell a lot about a hive from observation. Like Ray, when the supers go on the bees are on their own. I have a few hives with 3-4 supers right now. Not about to take them off to check.