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2009/08/13

SJ Hive status (Susan)

It has been hot here this week, about 95. I went out yesterday and check on the SJ hive (Susan). Fuzzy went with me, it is next to one of Fuzzy's hive. Both hives were bearding:
Fuzzy's Hive, has 2 deep hive bodies and 2 medium honey supers:


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My hive, has 2 deep hive bodies:

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Fuzzy was concerned about this since the top deep has barely anything in it outside of some new honey comb in the middle. He was worried that they workers have built a band of honey around the lower brood area and since the queen will not cross honey comb, they might consider themselves overcrowded and be preparing to swarm. We took apart the bodies and found that there was a larger band of honey on the top of the lower deep and honey comb in the middle of the top deep. So we moved 3 of the brood combs from the lower deep to the upper deep, interspersing them with empty frames. We also scored the honey above the brood area so the workers will hopefully remove the honey so the queen can lay there.

We'll see how it goes.

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