Will Adding A Honey Super Prevent Swarming?

Is it too early to include honey supers? The recent early warm has all of us baffled and probably our bees up. If it doesn’t turn extremely cold again all will work out. Fingers are crossed. So will this mean we have to add our honey supers earlier? Scenario One: It stays warm, we add supers and our colonies gather up the early spring harvest of nectar. Scenario Two: It generally does not stay warm, we add supers and the colony moves up into the empty supers for food and nothing is there. You might consider feeding them, but this means your sugar water will be put into your honey supers where you’d like to have real honey not sugar water.

My guideline is never to add supers until dandelions are blooming almost everywhere. You might visit a limited number of early ones, but once my backyard is full I add my supers to my overwintered colonies. If you need honey supers, just click here. Many years back whenever we first started beekeeping (24 years now) we called a beekeeping source company and admitted on the phone that we didn’t know very well what to buy.

The response we got was, well, less than stellar: “when you number it out, call us back”. We chose our customers would never be still left to “figure it out”. After seeing what’s out there on the market, most of our customers come to us looking for quality, well-crafted American hives.

Our hive sets are assembled and painted. Amish made right in Illinois by grasp Amish craftsmen here. These are NOT mass produced. We do not resell other companies’ hives. These hives are always under the close scrutiny of David’s Certified Master Beekeeper’s picky needs. These workhorses shall outlast your daily life. Our boxes are rabbet joints to expose less wood to the elements, which eliminates buckles and cracks.

Our telescoping top covers are covered with painted aluminum –which won’t rust like traditional tin covers. We didn’t cut corners with our inner covers either, season as many others do these won’t fall aside you following the first. Boxes come filled with all the frames and foundations, so you don’t need to spend time racking your brains on which frames go using what foundations and what sizes you will need.

Our complete packages add a FREE entry feeder! Allow 2 – 3 weeks delivery. Pick is available up, call to avoid shipping charges just. Other areas sell kits that lack all the containers you shall need. We are looking out for you. We appreciate your business. See our hives and hive packages by clicking on here. Now that the beekeeping season is just about ready to begin buzzing, beekeeping classes are in big demand.

We’ve held two beginner classes the last two Saturdays at our training middle and our Spring Management Class is this Saturday with two openings remaining. This course shall address making spring splits, adding honey supers, clearing up winter die-outs, reversing hive bodies for maximum brood production, springtime feeding, and more. If you’re interested click here or call us.

We have other dates and classes available. See a list of our classes here. Our training center is situated in central Illinois between Danville and Champaign, Illinois, 5 mls south of I-74. Since My Bees Are ATTRACTING Pollen Do I HAVE TO Feed? It’s good to see bees attracting pollen from trees and shrubs in late winter.

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But depending on where you live it could be short lived. Many trees such as maples and oaks will produce pollen in late winter and then be short lived when another stream of cold weather goes in. If you’re in the south and there are a great many other resources of nectar and pollen then winter is nearly over for you. But if you are in the north and there are no dandelions or other significant nectar sources you’ll likely need to supply your bees for the next few weeks and even longer if the weather turns cold.

We suggest removing the Winter-Bee-Kind and start using our Burns Bees Feeding System. A Day In The Apiary With David One of our most popular classes is. Come and spend a few hours in a hive with David, EAS Certified Master Beekeeper. You’ll learn how to find the queen, how to mark your queen, how to evaluate brood as well as your queen’s health. You can also understand how to inspect a colony and how to identify pests and diseases.