How many boxes?

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  1. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    I have 2 hives. Right now each one consist of an eight frame deep hive body, top feeder and lids. I am going to add medium boxes this evening since the rest of my equiptment is mediums. Should I leave them 1 deep and 2 mediums for their needs or just 1 deep and 1 medium? We're in Southern NJ.

    Can I just add all the boxes (4 more mediums per hive) now or should I be gradual?

    The current deep boxes have 5-6 fully drawn out frames and is packed with bees. They are working on the remaining 2-3 frames.

    Thanks,
    Ed
     
  2. PerryBee

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    Re: How may boxes?

    If you are adding medium boxes of undrawn foundation, do it one box at a time. As your bees draw out comb, when each box gets to the point where there is only 2 or 3 frames left to draw out, add another box of foundation. Don't put all your boxes of undrawn foundation on at once, do it gradually for better results.
     

  3. Eddy Honey

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    Re: How may boxes?

    Would it be advisable to move the less developed outside frames to the middle or just leave them alone?
     
  4. Iddee

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    Re: How may boxes?

    Moving them in a frame or two will help. I would not move them INTO the brood nest.
     
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    Re: How may boxes?

    Never disrupt a developing brood chamber, particularily brood frames. Like Iddee said, a position or two at most.
    Once they become powerhouses, I have dropped frames of foundation right in the middle of a brood chamber, but only when there is a heavy workforce, enough to keep the brood covered and draw comb quickly.