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#121

Or catch a swarm, then you will need a third hive! :slight_smile:

It would be unusual to split a hive started from a package in the first season, but who knows, maybe you will get a very prolific queen! :smile:


#122

You might be lucky. Very early splits might well both give you honey but you need a strong colony to split. It’s usually a case of increasing your stocks OR taking honey. It depends how long your season is.


#123

Split, swarm… come one come all. I love honey bees. I have room for all. :relaxed:


#124

Sounds like you will be a great beekeeper! Just remember, beekeeping can be highly addictive:
http://forum.honeyflow.com/t/wintering-bees-in-uk/3628/4?u=dawn_sd

:smile:


#125

Hi Lk Stevens.

Sounds like a lot going up there n your bees arrive soon. I attended a Beekeeper for a Day workshop this last weekend. Brought back a lot of memories. There were only seven student … I was odd man so helped, photographed n was able to add hints to very newbees that had never handled a frame or hive before. I had really forgot how heavy a full hive box can bee ! :wink:.

. . . Just a couple pix’s from our "Beekeeper for a Day workshop in bee yard near Maple Valley. Keep in touch n post a few pix’s adding your bees to the hive.

I’ve also built two 5 frame Deep Nuc’s I’m going to use soon as Swarm Traps.

I’ll only use the single level. The 5 frame super is for raising Nuc’s hives someday in the future but will also make great traps I hope.

Take care n enjoy.
Gerald east of Renton.


#126

It’s up n baited ! Got my swarm hive all up n ready. We have very few feral colony’s near us … I use to see swarms all the time but haven’t seen one in 4 or five years except near apiaries of friend.


#127

Wonderful.
Mine are all but charged. The wooden ones have been scorched and all have been painted inside with propolis. I’ll put frames in just before they go out.
Gerald, I might consider putting a strap round that. It will save you worrying about the top coming off when you take it down. Oh…and keep that champagne cork handy…to close the entrance, of course :slight_smile:


#128

Hi Dee, yah I was looking up at that … Got a couple of those ratchet type bands around here someplace. Good advice ! Oooh ! Could you send me one of those CORKs ?! :wink::+1: … When I was a teen getting a Swarm was easy around here. They were always hanging around in some bush or tree sooner or later. With lack of wild bees it’s a seldom event now. Wish me luck :four_leaf_clover::honeybee:. Im off this morning before the bees getting to help a buddy move a few hives. Enjoy your Friday n weekend too. Cheers. Gerald.


#129

Does anyone know that if in spokane you use one brood box or two?


#130

Given your climate zone, definitely 2 deeps for brood. If you want a matching one for your Flow hive, you can order one from:

Rusty Burlew is in your state, and she even talks about using triple deeps for brood:


#131

Funding,

This is Gerald n I live over on the Westside of Cascades SE of Seattle in the foothills. Everyone I know usually use double deeps over here. I used doubles when kept bees here 55 year ago too.

My three hive setups are double deeps as I once again start beekeeping. I just got my Nuc’s on Friday (4/15/2016). I’ve transferred by bees on Friday … Bees are busy n seem productive already bringing in nectar n pollen ( probably maple n laurels)…

Anyway … Dawns correct … We do run doubles n I guess some more but I don’t personally know them !

Good luck n happy beekeeping !

Gerald.

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#132

Gerald, are you on the swarm list with your local bee club. I’m south of you in Lacey and have 2 Langstroth, a flow hive and. Warre going. The girls have been very busy with 6.5 foundation less frames drawn out in 6 days. Waiting for a weather window to expand. I have enjoyed seeing your photos and posts over the past several months. Hope you have a great season.


#133

Blackdog,

Not a member of a club at the moment so not not on a swarm list. For now there’s no clubs close enough for me. Plus my plate is pretty stacked. My wife has M.D. So I really can’t get away much except to work n teach ESL one night a week to Vietnamese in a language school. Not sure for now I need the Swarm chasing either. My eyes are crappy n doctors have advice n me not to be climbing much where I might fall. If I lose my retina I might not see much again so I stay careful … Thanks for the note. Take care… Gerald


#134

Sorry for you and spouses medical troubles. I hope you have a great season. Keep posting your progress. The summer like weather has the girls off on a fast start.


#135

Should I harvest honey the first year?


#136

I answered this on the the other thread where you asked. You really only need to ask a question once, because this forum is very efficient at making sure that everyone sees new questions! :blush:

http://forum.honeyflow.com/t/new-bees-and-honey-question/6111/23?u=dawn_sd


#137

Thanks, and sorry! :slight_smile:


#138

So when should I put the flow frames on? When the brood box is full?


#139

As you are in Washington state, you are going to need at least 2 brood boxes. Start with one, grow your bees up until the comb is fully drawn on all frames, and 80% full of food and brood, plus all frames are covered with bees. Then, and only then, add your second brood box of frames. Same with any harvesting super - grow your bees up until the comb is fully drawn on all frames of the second brood box, and 80% full of food and brood, plus all frames are covered with bees. Then, and only then, add your harvesting super - traditional or Flow, it doesn’t matter, the beekeeping concepts are identical.


#140

Ok, thank you very much!