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JohnM
Winter preparations.

Hi All,

              Is there any reason not to leave a super on above a QE over winter?   I have a large colony who could do with more space for storage as they are still flying due to the mild conditions at the moment.

Thanks in advance,

Regards,

J.

 

snoop
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There is no problem leaving a

There is no problem leaving a super of stores for them , take away the Queen excluder, if they move up & the queen cannot get through the excluder then she will be isolated below it & starve. I always over winter on a double brood box & take away the bottom box in Spring when the bees have cleared it out. I changethe frames at thst point. 

sharon H
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I put my super under the BB, removed Q excluder. In spring the bees will have it cleared.Then take it for use for the season.

 

Sharon Higgins

JohnM
Thanks snoop,

Thanks snoop,

                         I just started beekeeping last year and had not considered the queen getting isolated below.  I overwintered last year with Brood+half but found it messy looking for queens in the spring.   However, I'm concerened that they have enough space for stores.

John Murphy
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JohnM
Thats interesting Sharon,

Thats interesting Sharon,

                                       Does the Queen lay down in super?

John Murphy
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Cat Beel
Hello John,

Hello John,

Do you know of anyone using natural beekeeping methods around Kildare? Not sure how to use this forum. I thought I had posted this already. C

 

JohnM
Hi Cat,

Hi Cat,

                 I'm based in Waterford so don't know anyone in Kildare I'm afraid.   Sorry.

 

Kind regards,

J.

 

John Murphy
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sharon H
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No John,

No John,

The Queen wont lay in it. The Bees will have the super cleared out, once put under the brood box, and you can remove the super first inspection in Spring.

If you leave it above brood box, she would be more likely lay in it .Bees move up all the time. Just always make sure Queen excluder is taken of before you put your super under.

I had spare frames of honey to give back to my bees, so put them into the super along with any they had stored from extracting was over.

Its under the brood now until spring, and they will have it all cleared out. Did that last year and works great. 

 

Sharon Higgins