Adding new boxes

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Adding new boxes

Postby Grappling Coach » Mon May 15, 2017 3:18 am

I learned something new this evening by reading old posts. I added a new box of foundationless frames to two of my hives a while back, but they have not drawn any comb out. In an old post, it was recommended that new foundationless boxes be added on bottom instead of top. In this way, they don't have to cross a large gap to star building comb. I will be switching the boxes around tomorrow.

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Re: Adding new boxes

Postby GregV » Mon May 15, 2017 2:38 pm

Grappling Coach wrote:I learned something new this evening by reading old posts. I added a new box of foundationless frames to two of my hives a while back, but they have not drawn any comb out. In an old post, it was recommended that new foundationless boxes be added on bottom instead of top. In this way, they don't have to cross a large gap to star building comb. I will be switching the boxes around tomorrow.


Or you may just move 3-4 occupied combs upstairs to draw the bees up.
Replace the moved combs with the empties downstairs.
I feel that more gradual, deliberate moves are healthier for the bees.

You being a small back-yard keeper, no need to follow the big yard commercial practices (like flipping entire boxes around).
Big yard practices have different priorities - time savings is, probably, #1 when need to handle hundreds of hives at once.
This is not your top priority, I would guess.

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Re: Adding new boxes

Postby Ferdi » Mon May 15, 2017 6:49 pm

GregV wrote:
Or you may just move 3-4 occupied combs upstairs to draw the bees up.
Replace the moved combs with the empties downstairs.


That is what I generally do and it works.

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Re: Adding new boxes

Postby SiWolKe » Mon May 15, 2017 8:07 pm

Ferdi wrote:
GregV wrote:
Or you may just move 3-4 occupied combs upstairs to draw the bees up.
Replace the moved combs with the empties downstairs.


That is what I generally do and it works.


Works with me too.
A comb already used for brood with a small honey dome works too.
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Re: Adding new boxes

Postby moebees » Mon May 15, 2017 8:49 pm

Hey Ferdi. Glad you are back. Was wondering if something happened to you.
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Re: Adding new boxes

Postby Ferdi » Tue May 16, 2017 9:26 am

moebees wrote:Hey Ferdi. Glad you are back. Was wondering if something happened to you.


Thanks moebees unfortunately I had to travel a lot in the last 2 months because of work. I could hardly find time to manage my bees. But now this busy period is over, so I will try to spend more time here with you fellow beekeepers :)


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