Queens Park bees – adding supers

As we mentioned back in April, Urban Bees expanded and with that came a bit more work, so we haven’t had a lot of time to update the blog with the details of what’s been going on at the three hive sites.
Yesterday we were at Queen Park to add a super to the colony and sort out the double brood box situation.
Back in April when we did the spring clean we found that the colony had come out of the winter fine but the hive was a bit damp leaving some of the comb black and mouldy. We thought that it would be a good idea to clean out that comb. So we put a new clean brood box on top of the old one with a queen excluder between them. Took the queen on a frame of brood and put that into the upper brood box. We also left a super on top of this
We figured that after three weeks all the brood below would have hatched and we could go back and take away the old brood box leaving the colony with nice new frames to lay.
When we did eventually get back we found that the bottom brood box was full of pollen and honey which we were worried about taking away from the brood and queen.
So what we have ended up doing is stacking the hive with the new brood box on the bottom (which by this time was had six frames of sealed brood and two frames of larvae) on top of that we put the super – which had drawn out comb full of incoming -nothing sealed and no brood, possibly because there were only nine frames which were not aligned with the brood frames.
Then we put on the queen excluder, a new super of foundation and on top of this we put the old brood box with the rationale that the bees will take the pollen from there down to the brood, clean up the frames and leave us with drawn out brood frames. (We also scored the sealed honey to let them know that something new was happening upstairs.
We will check this out in a few days just to see that they are doing something with the top brood box.

Here’s Alison playing with the queen excluder.

2 thoughts on “Queens Park bees – adding supers

  1. workerbeej

    Best photographs of a swarm cell I’ve ever seen, Brian! This has to be one of my all-time favourite beekeeping blogs…

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