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Most of my colonies have shrunk in numbers of bees and are now on just a BB , but one of them is still quite large and still has a super on. I dont think all the bees would fit in a single BB. The super is packed with bees and there are quite a few more in the roof.
Not much brood though, so I guess the numbers will start to decline. Should I pack them into one BB now or let them have brood + 1/2.

I'd like to put them on a double BB, but I dont have any drawn frames available. Is it too late to give them a second BB with foundation and feed like mad?

It's my nicest, most productive, longest working colony and biggest queen btw, so I dont want to risk swarming.
 

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Is it too late to give them a second BB with foundation

Yes!

Should I pack them into one BB now or let them have brood + 1/2.

You should by now have seen my response elsewhere!

I would be over-wintering any colony, on a standard brood, with a super. A lot of feeding to fill a super now, but at least no comb to draw! Just depends on the weather. Not been such a good autumn as the last few.

The cluster will fit into a standard brood, that is for sure.

Regards, RAB
 

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