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Do I need another box?


#1

Hello, thanks for the help.

Went to inspect the girls today. I put my flow hive on top of two brood boxes about 2-3 weeks ago. The flow frames have some nectar in them but there’s no capped honey yet. The bottom two boxes of brood are now completely full. Do I need a third box for brood? My neighbor beekeeper advised me to keep two boxes to overwinter, so I was hoping to pull off of flow box of honey later this summer and then just leave the two boxes for the winter. But I don’t want to induce swarming if those two boxes are already completely full.

Marcos


#2

Put a medium above the Flow super, so they have somewhere to go when the Flow frames are nearly full but not yet capped.


#3

No real need for worry. You might find that once you pull your flow frame off and add a medium or shallow super they will add more honey from late summer and fall flowers. for a new colony they might need the extra for food in the winter. Once the bees recognize that winter is on the way and the flow has stopped the drones will leave and queen will not lay as much and since bees live about 6 weeks you will loose some through natural process. As they will prepare themselves for the winter months they will be more concerned with securing the hive and protecting the queen as the days grow colder and their bodies adapt for the colder months. I have not seen a fall swarm but I suppose it could happen.

My colonies have never swarmed in winter and by the time summer is peaked I’m betting I have on average 60-70,000 bees in 2 deep boxes. My wintering is here in beautiful Wyoming and as the winters can be very windy and very cold, I put a medium box on top with no frames that have 1.25 inch drilled holes to put in PVC pipe for upper air. I seal off the bottoms with mouse guards and place a wrap over the two deep boxes. So far they have done very well with this process. And no swarms.


#4

I would put a super on under flow box to keep bees over winter. just pull honey off from flow. Then you have the best of the best set up. Honey for bees and honey for you.