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Bees made it through winter, now what?

  • 10 Mar 2021 8:16 PM
    Reply # 10184024 on 10182128

    You could leave it, once sealed it can't go "bad". If you do leave it or any supers on over the summer be aware that if we hit a long hot dry spell they can consume it. Most prefer the harvest early and feed if needed. I tend to harvest late to avoid summer feeding but have gone to pull and found supers empty in August that were full in May.

    This time of year my concern would be giving them enough space for the upcoming main flow.

  • 10 Mar 2021 2:47 PM
    Reply # 10183122 on 10182128

    Thank you for the response. I guess my question would be do I need to remove it in order to “give them something to do”, or is it OK just to leave it in place for the remainder of the summer?  I don’t intend to add a third super.  If I do remove it, I assume I could harvest at this point (versus having done it last fall)? 

  • 10 Mar 2021 1:35 PM
    Reply # 10182956 on 10182128

    Yes, you can remove some of excess stores IF   you are confident that sufficient nectar is coming in to replace and you don't run the risk of depriving them if a late spring cold snap should occur. I would also be doing a mite count now and treating if needed.

  • 10 Mar 2021 8:46 AM
    Message # 10182128

    Hi all,

    New beekeeper and I did not harvest honey in the fall as I wanted them to have sufficient access to food etc.  The bees survived the winter and I am not sure whether I should remove the full frames and replace them with empty ones now that spring is started or should I just leave it be as it is?  I have a brood box and two full supers currently stacked.  

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