2022 Mar 20 – Reversing Boxes

We had a beautiful 77 F (25 C) Saturday and I took the opportunity to check my hives and reverse the boxes. For the most part the bees were gentle and busy with their work. Reversing is a method of moving lower boxes with little or no resources (especially no brood) to the top. This puts the brood nest lower in the hive and encourages the colony to build out honey stores above.

In theory this helps prevent swarming, and it does seem to delay it. Here are a couple pictures from my afternoon.

A beautiful top bar frame from my hive Jupiter 2 on March 19, 2022. A little feisty but overall fairly gentle. The frame has a central area of capped worker brood (the brown circle in the middle), and some nectar and pollen around the edges to provide food for the young bees. This top bar hive has about 7 frames of brood, 10 frames being worked, and about 17 frames total.
My evil hive Eris after checking them on March 19, 2022 (the one on the left). As soon as I opened the hive they were very aggressive and all over my suit and veil. Very angry bees. I reversed the bottom two boxes and added a fifth to the top, but the colony was raising a lot of drones and starting to build queen cups. I couldn’t stay in long, and need to figure out what to do with this in the next week or so to stop them from swarming. Leave me a comment if you have any ideas!

I took a 90 minute break after Eris (the fifth of my eight hives) to let the bees settle down. The final three hives (the three Langs in the back of the above picture) were active but not overly aggressive.

May you prosper and find honey.

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