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Added a brood box but lower box being abandoned and queen not laying in upper


#1

I am having more issues with my Flow hive. I did a really quick check today and they upper box had a lot of bees in it and they were drawing out comb, but i saw no eggs, empty cells. I checked the lower box (i checkerboarded) and saw almost no bees except for on 1 1/2 frames and no comb being drawn. Found the queen down there laying eggs but apparently she couldn’t get to the upper box? So i swapped the upper down to the bottom and put the frame with the queen between two very full frames. I hope this will improve things. Any guidance?


#2

G’day Ryan, I’m wondering if you could be trying to expand the colony too quickly. You need to let the bees expend in their own good time.


#3

They’ve drawn out to the last frames already. I moved the frames together more… i may move them back down to one box and see if they bounce back better… i had that thought too.


#4

Well done Ryan, that sounds like a good idea. cheers:)


#5

Moved the brood together. I’ll check in a week for eggs.


#6

Also gave them a pollen patty and sugar syrup. I don’t think they have enough bees foraging


#7

The number one job of a beekeeper is to help the bees manage space:
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesspace.htm


#8

I’ll put them back down to one box and see how they do. I am seeing a greater density of bees for sure i just want them to do well.