First year beek in the central suburbs of Perth. When I was a child, my dad kept bees. Now it’s my turn to teach my kids about bees.
We received a brood box of bees in March. My first brood inspection in late August discovered we had a bit of cross combing and only 9 frames… They wintered well however - 2 frames of honey and 90%+ drawn comb, so after fixing up the cross combing, on went a super. Since then, the bees have gone gangbusters and currently have filled the super nicely.
I plan to do a do a hive inspection this weekend to see how much of the frames have been capped (I suspect 2). From the viewing window, the outside frames are 90% filled - no capping yet, but getting close. Since we are midway through spring, I am mindful of space and will take the time to inspect the brood box. I also plan to do some swarm prevention, but am a bit stuck on what to do.
Given the above circumstances, do I:
A- Nadir another brood box
B- Super another brood box
C- or Rob Honey
My future plan is to have 2 hives - so if I nadir/super, it will only be to encourage the bees to draw comb and I will split them later this season (does that even work?). I have another brood box at my disposal with 10 frames with wax foundation.
Below are pictures of my girls and the nadir/super/checkboard plan (yellow is existing frames).
I’ve been a long time lurker and have learnt a lot reading from the forum. Look forward to your responses.
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