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Hello
I've got my first hive and nuc at the end of July and so far they seem to be doing well, there's lots of new brood (started with 5 frames and now 2 more are filling up) I've also been feeding them sugar syrup as advised. Should I now just leave them as they are with the brood box to fill up or should I add a super on top of the brood box (with queen excluder between)?

Thanks for any advice and look forward to learning more.

I do attend my local BeeKeeping Association as and when I can for practical experience but it's always useful to have more advice
 

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Depends whether you want to overwinter with them in a brood box, or with them with 'brood and a half', ie. a brood box and a super.
 

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Hi, I'm not after honey for me, I just wanted to make sure the bees had enough for over-wintering, the queen excluder was just to make sure no eggs were laid in there
 

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Hi Jellybee. We have ours on brood and a half, you only need the queen excluder if you plan on using the honey yourself.
 

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okey dokey, thank you - will add the super with no excluder and see how it goes
 

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Are all the frames in the brood box drawn into comb..or just seven? if just seven then leave them until they have drawn out the entire brood box into comb.
 
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Yes I'd leave them with just a brood box if all the frames aren't yet drawn.
You might find that at this time of the year you'll just make a full box by the time it comes to shutting them up for winter
 

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Hello
I've got my first hive and nuc at the end of July and so far they seem to be doing well, there's lots of new brood (started with 5 frames and now 2 more are filling up) I've also been feeding them sugar syrup as advised. Should I now just leave them as they are with the brood box to fill up or should I add a super on top of the brood box (with queen excluder between)?

Thanks for any advice and look forward to learning more.

I do attend my local BeeKeeping Association as and when I can for practical experience but it's always useful to have more advice
this year, single brood box, with 5+2 now then brood and a half will be too cold over winter, so keep them warm in one brood box, next year go fro brood and ahalf or 14x12 ( ie brood + eke + 14x12 frames]o
 

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