I know I promised a discussion on the pros and cons of package bees vs. NUCs, but I couldn’t help but share what happened in one of our hives recently.
Problems arise in every hive, and every beekeeper will likely have a different solution to that problem. Here at New Beekeeper Supplies, we are not looking to give you one answer for every problem. Instead, we want to give you as many examples as possible so that you have an arsenal of weapons in your back pocket. What works for one beekeeper might not work for another.
Over the past month, we noticed that our top brood box was becoming “honey bound”. Honey bound simply means that the box has so much honey that the queen has no where to lay eggs, thus continuing brood production. The problem arises when the queen decides she needs to relocate part of the hive, aka “swarm”, to remedy the situation. In our case, the center two frames were full of brood, sandwiched by 4 frames of capped honey. The remaining 4 frames were virtually untouched. So why didn’t the queen find those empty frames? Because she will NOT go past honey frames. We had put on a honey super, but the bees never moved up. We also tried switching frames within the brood box, but the bees were not wanting to draw out new comb on these new foundation frames (even after spritzing them with sugar water as suggested).
Fearing a swarm, my husband decided he had to take action. You will hear his explanation in this video.