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to split or not to split

Posted by Rjantz Florida (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 20, 12 at 20:48

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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RE: to split or not to split

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.

RE: to split or not to split

Perhaps you were hit by robbers from another colony?

RE:To late already swarmed

  • Posted by Rjantz Central Florida (My Page) on
    Thu, Sep 6, 12 at 12:54

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.

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