new hives

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by mcribbz, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. mcribbz

    mcribbz New Member

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    Hi everyone, I have 2 hives that I bought in the middle of May. I am concerned because they don't seem to be growing the way they should. The gentleman I got them from said they were both swarms that he captured. I got them as a deep a queen excluder and a shallow. I immediately removed the excluder and the shallow. After I did my 2 week inspection I noticed that neither 1 had built any new comb so I started feeding at 1-1 both are going through a jar every 2 days. Now there is new comb being built. They have filled 2 more frames in one hive and only 1 frame in the other. And of the new comb they are storing honey in all of it. As I watch them everyday there are lots of bees coming in with pollen sacks stuffed. My ? is why is the queen not laying in the new comb. Each hive has 4 frames with brood pollen and honey and its like both queens are just using the same frames to lay over and over. I am trying to read and learn what I should do to help them grow. I don't want to lose them over the winter. Should I pick the strongest queen and combine the hives. I'm trying to read and learn I just want to make the correct decision. I have read where other folks have got their hives and already added another deep and a super. Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated. Mike​
     
  2. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Good question, it sounds like you are doing the right thing. hopefully someone from your area will check in who knows a bit more about average flow dates and average first frost. With feeding and comb to lay in the queen should start laying soon, or I think you will have to do a combine. Just not sure on the timing.
     

  3. ibeelearning

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    Just to be clear, your queens are laying, just not in the new comb? Have they got too much room? What's the nectar flow like where you are?
     
  4. camero7

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    Put an empty frame in the brood nest, they should fill it out and the queen should lay in it. Keep expanding the brood nest and continue to feed. I believe your flow is pretty light in your area now, if not a dearth.