May

On Honey Flow

* Information taken from: Apiculture: An introduction to Bees and Beekeeping. By Dr. Mark Winston

Top Supering:
Many commercial beekeepers feel that their honey crop does not suffer if they practice top supering, i.e., placing additional supers on top of those already on the hive. They usually do not use queen excluders.

Timing is very important. Empty supers should go on the hive before there are any cappings on the combs already in place. If there are cappings in the lower supers the bees may tend to ignore the empty super above and congest the brood nest. The empty super is best placed under such capped honey in these instances.

In discussing supering it is implied that only one super is added at a time. When a heavy flow is in progress

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May

2013

Swarming can be an issue during May. Please also read our Article about "Swarming"

Cutting Queen Cells

By tipping the second brood super and glancing along the bottom, the presence of swarm cells can be easily detected. A few puffs of smoke along the frame bottom bars will drive the bees up into the super and will help to reveal queen cells which may have been covered with bees. If no queen cells are present, it is usually safe to assume that the colony is not at present preparing to swarm.

 

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