Building comb in supers

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by BeeHunter, May 25, 2009.

  1. BeeHunter

    BeeHunter New Member

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    Its my 2nd year and the girls are getting comb built up better than last. I have a few hives that are about 1/2 way built up and filled on the 2nd deep.
    All my supers are just foundation or empty frames.
    My question is, When should I add the supers due to no comb? Will the girls start building comb now saving time when they can put nectar in? I know what to do if there was comb built up but since they dont, should I add now or still wait till they fill another couple frames in the deep? :?:
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    They will fill the existing box before starting on the next one. Wait until the 8th or 9th frame is full before adding more.
     

  3. raehn

    raehn New Member

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    What happens if you add a 2nd deep before the 8th or 9th frame is full? Is there harm in adding it too early?
    I had 6-7 frames full before leaving for a 2 week vacation and added the 2nd deep prior to leaving.... any harm done?
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    No harm done if the flow continues and they keep drawing comb. If they don't, they will start removing chunks of foundation from the upper box.

    I think you should still have plenty of flow left, tho.
     
  5. dogsoldier13

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    there aint nohing like good flow