When do we add the next box to the hive?

Q: We are first-time beekeepers and are excited about the bees in our 10-frame hive. When do we add the next box? Thanks for getting us going with bees. T. Miller

A: When there are generally 8-9 frames “involved with bees,” add another box. “Involved with bees” means drawn comb, or efforts well underway, and more than just the 20-30 bees patrolling the frame—in other words, lots of bees. When 6-7 of the frames in your second box are involved with bees, time to add a super.

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