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#1

New beekeeper here so not quite if this is typical or not. Started with one nuc, added a second brood box when first was about 80% full. Took two frames from lower and moved those to the second box surrounded by empty foundation less frames. Within a week or two both boxes going like gang busters and was advised to add a honey super (all foundation-less) & excluder. Week later I checked to see progress, frames untouched, second week same thing. This week I swapped two frames from second brood box and placed them in the honey super. Am i on the right track here with what I did or just too impatient? I am located in North Carolina in the USA


#2

You have a foundationless honey super is that correct?

The flow may be winding down where you are. I’m 500-600 miles north and will get the clover, knotweed, persimmon, sumac, flows followed by sweet pepperbush and my bee bee trees. Then we hit a mid-July dearth (mite treatment time) and await the fall goldenrod and aster flows.
The bees need a decent nectar flow to draw more wax. Making wax costs resources that they aren’t willing to use right now.


#3

Yes going foundation less is correct, so if the flow might be slowing down do I have any alternatives?


#4

Feeding 1:1 sugar syrup will get comb drawn but you have to be really careful they don’t store syrup in your honey super if you intend to harvest it.


#5

If I were you I would take the super off. Monitor the brood boxes. During a dearth the stores will reduce, when a flow starts the stores will build up quickly. That is the time to throw on a super.

Having an empty box on top makes it harder to properly check the hive and gives pests a non-patrolled haven to build up in.

Cheers
Rob.