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2014/06/25

The Italians are dead. Long live the Carniolans.

Well, the Italian hive is dead. They starved out, they tried to raise drones, but had no food. There were too few workers to transfer a brood frame to the hive. I put on a feeder to try to help them, but that did them in, they were raided by the Carniolans.

I'm leaving the Italian boxes as a swam box, if the Carniolans swarm maybe they will move next door. Though I should probably move it a bit away from the other hive. I've heard that will help if they swarm.

I put on a 3rd 9 frame super 1.5 weeks ago, and that now has 5 frames partially drawn. I put on a 4th 9 frame super with the queen excluder in between. I also moved 2 partially drawn frames up into the top box, we'll see if the bees move up stairs.

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