How many brood boxes do you need for winter?
The general consensus in most regions of the world is to use either one or two brood boxes. Using three or more means that you are probably doing your bees a disservice. In this case you would be better off splitting the large hive so you can get back to one or two brood boxes.
Should I add another brood box or super?
My recommendation is to always add a second brood box before adding any honey supers, as this will result in a much stronger beehive and will give the queen more room to lay her eggs. When you have between six and eight of them drawn out, place your honey super on top, so that the bees have more space.
How do you split a double brood hive?
The first day:
- Place your prepared brood box next to the strong hive you want to split.
- Remove two or three empty frames from the middle of the new brood box and set these aside.
- Select two or three frames of brood from the strong colony.
- Shake all the bees from the brood frames back into the strong hive.
What is an Imirie Shim?
An Imirie Shim® is a gadget developed by George Imirie, a well known beekeeper in the Northeast. It is a simple 3/4-inch rectangular frame that is the same size (width and length) as a honey super (Figure 1). The shim has a 3/4-inch notch cut 3/8 -inch deep in the middle of the front end bars (Figure 2).
How do you stop a beehive from swarming?
Preventing Bee Swarms
- Use extra honey supers so that your hive has room to expand.
- Remove frames that are full of honey and replace them with empty frames so that your bees can continue drawing comb and your queen can continue laying eggs.
How many supers can a hive fill?
A single hive can have at least 2-3 supers. When your first honey super is about ⅔ full of honey, add another super on top of it.
How long does it take for bees to fill a brood box?
A package of bees will likely take up to 2 months to fill a brood box. This is a realistic expectation and your bees may fill it faster or take longer depending on your local conditions. Also, the population of a package of bees will slowly shrink for around 3 weeks until the first round of new brood emerges.
When should you split a beehive?
Splits should be made from overwintered colonies in the spring when there will be plenty of forage and time for them to recover. Most splits are what you call an “even split”, meaning you will halve the colony, dividing the number of brood combs and honey evenly between the two hives.
Who invented the Imirie Shim?
The Imirie Shim was invented by a Master Beekeeper named George Imirie. He attributed his bee keeping success to the use of these style top entrances between honey supers.
Can I add an Imirie shim to my hive?
In addition to a screened inner cover, you can also add an Imirie shim to the top portion of your hive. An Imirie shim is simply a rectangular frame of wood, about 3/4 of an inch high, with an entrance hole cut into one end.
Can you put Imirie shims on honey supers?
Putting on two new Honey Supers using Imirie Shims on the Hives. How I put the Shims together and why I decided to try them! I bought some Imirie Shims to put on my hives recently. The Imirie Shim was invented by a Master Beekeeper named George Imirie.
Do I need a screened inner cover or Imirie Shim?
Two pieces of optional equipment to consider are a screened inner cover and an Imirie shim. Both can be used to improve summertime ventilation and increase honey production. What is a Screened Inner Cover? A screened inner cover is used to replace a regular inner cover during the warm months.