Super Just About Full...Already!

I checked on the blue hive this weekend to see how they're progressing on filling their super and to check again for queen cells.

They had the frames about 90% filled. As soon as they lower the moisture content down we should see them cap the honey. In the picture below, only a small section of honey comb near the top of the picture is empty.

They did not draw out the pure wax foundation in the white super yet, so I reversed it's position with the blue super, and it is now below the blue one they had been filling.

My thoughts are that if they have to walk up through the white super to get to the blue one, they'll be encouraged to draw out the foundation in the white one and fill it too. We'll see how it goes.

We saw another dozen queen cups that had been re-created after I removed them last weekend, but none of them had eggs in them. We removed the cups anyways. If they can make it through the rest of this week, I have a new queen arriving that I'll use to split this hive with and resurrect the white hive!

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Holly says...
Date:   April 2, 2012, 5:00 pm

Excellent news!  I talked with a bee friend recently and he told me that if he wants to start another hive and he sees queen cells, that he finds the queen in the current hive and removes a few frames of bees and puts them in a new hive.  He says his bees never swarm because the queen is already gone.  What do you think about that technique?  I know you are already planning to re-queen, but I was wondering what your thoughts are. 

Chris (Show Me The Honey) says...
Date:   April 2, 2012, 8:37 pm

I love that idea! In fact, if this weekend when I go to make splits, if I see frames with queen cells, I'll setup my third hive using a few frames, plus ones with queen cells, and then I won't need to wait for a swarm. And better yet, I'll have survivor stock!

Chris (Show Me The Honey) says...
Date:   April 6, 2012, 8:48 pm

I just re-read your comments, Holly, and realized you said to move frames of bees and the queen (not queen cells) into a new hive. This makes perfect sense, and I will definitely do it this way!

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