More Space Has Stopped the Bearding


Yesterday I inserted a box I fashioned from two shallows between my two brood boxes in Girls of Summer. They’re the most robust of our colonies, and they’ve been mighty crowded and hot and bearding like crazy.

So, I pulled deep frames of brood up from the bottom box and into the center of the new box; I interspersed medium, undrawn foundationless frames among all the fully drawn comb in the bottom two boxes. Then, I restacked them. This should give them the room they need to operate.

Yep, I’ve got a real mishmash of frames going on in there now, and there’s quite a bit of empty space that the bees will surely fill up with wild comb, but I guess I can figure out how to deal with all of it later.

My goals:

  1. Keep these bees from swarming before winter.
  2. Keep these bees alive over the winter.
  3. Switch from deep boxes to medium-depth boxes.
  4. Harvest some honey next year.
  5. And do all of this without introducing any chemicals.

So, now that I know this addition of space and new frames has stopped the bearding in Girls of Summer, I need to do the same thing for Amazons and Tomboys. Which means I’ve got to head down into the basement and make 20 frames today.

Here are some pictures. They don’t show you much other than what it looks like to rearrange a bee colony.

Two shallow boxes fashioned with medium-depth, foundationless frames---to be used as a single box.
Rearranging a bee colony. (The lighter colored frames are foundationless and are interspersed among frames already drawn)
Rebuilt Girls of Summer (including the two-shallow box in the center)

3 thoughts on “More Space Has Stopped the Bearding

  1. metilton Post author

    I’ve been wondering that too, Moondancer! So I timed myself: approximately 3 minutes per frame…including inserting the popsicle stick and beeswax.

  2. Moondancer

    Wow that is fast!
    Hmm, I might have to try it. Did you follow a tutorial for making your beehives?

    I’m off to Google beehive tutorials now. I’ll be getting my bees this coming Spring, was happy when I saw honeybees in our area, they’ve been scarce. My daughter and I were both excited. I imagine those three honeybees didn’t know what all the fuss was about, they buzzed around us and went right back to the flowers, heh.

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