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Hi, I’ve got 2 hives that I removed Varroa strips a week ago. Both have 1 honey super on (from old drawn comb) and the girls are filling it fast and have started capping frames. I want to add a second super but only have new foundation, no old comb. I was going to move a couple of frames up into the new Super to help the bees move up. Should I just let them get on with drawing out the foundation or would a feed promote them drawing the foundation? My worry in doing this is that that the syrup will end up in the honey frames. thanks in advance!
These two hives started as nucs a couple of months ago and all brood boxes are now wall to wall. Lots of solid brood, with very heavy honey and pollen frames too. Today I decided that it’s time to put the first honey supers on. Is this too early? Is there such a thing as peaking before the flow? I think that because the weather has been amazing here for three weeks now maybe there’s an early flow happening anyway. I’ve used a couple of their brood frames to even out other hives, so they should be kept busy drawing and filling those plus the honey supers now. It will be interesting to see how much honey I get from these strong hives in total. I suppose I’ll leave them 7/8 frames of honey as stores.