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Mid-summer beehive inspection

Mid-summer beehive inspection

Your beehive should be in honey production phase. For a new hive you may be only adding your second box at this point, and if your hive is doing well and further along you may have three or more already on.

In either case, mid-summer is about getting the bees the space they need. Honey extraction will be the next phase. If you live in a winter climate, you will want to have two Deep Combo Brood Boxes and then begin adding Medium Honeys Supers and using them until you are ready to extract. 

Notice the varying heights and boxes on each of these hives. Even hives in the same area will will vary. Each of these pallets have four hives per pallet, on the first pallet the back two are only at two box heights. Some hives are destined to struggle due to a weak colony. More info on addressing a weak hive.

If you are unsure on how to add your honey boxes and make that inspection, here is a video that will help.

Some of the questions we get asked frequently about adding boxes are:

Do I need a bottom board in between each box?
No, the boxes will be stacked on top of each other without any barrier, you can use a queen excluder

Is there a limit to how high I can have my boxes?
No, once you are past your brood boxes and now into honey supers (medium boxes), you can continue adding honey supers until you are ready to extract. If cost is a concern, you can extract more frequently and cycle the boxes until you are ready to winterize your hive or the honey flow has ended.

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