to split or not to split

RjantzAugust 20, 2012

Last week I checked my bees and there was plenty of honey, I thought that I would be harvesting today. I opened the hive and about a third of the capped cells were empty. There are tons of bees in the hive, I added a super to the ones that are there because I thought they needed some more room. I was wondering if they were eating the honey in preperation of swarming. I couldn't find the queen but there was plenty of brood and eggs. I didn't see any queen cells but when I took the brood boxes apart I split a bunch of comb that was built between the boxes.I don't know if there were any queens there. Any info or ideas wwould be helpful. Thanks Rich

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

If the caped honey is gone,..I'm thinking of lack of nectar, bad weather and no flying time for some day's, ..or robbing.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 1:19AM
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buzzbee(6)

Perhaps you were hit by robbers from another colony?

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 7:43AM
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Rjantz

They swarmed shortly after last post. There is still plenty of honey left and bees. I have two 6" supers with plenty of honey but all the frames are only partically capped a couple are about 75% capped, does anyone know if i could harvest that honey with the uncappd cells.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 12:54PM
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