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 +====== Big Bear Production Hive Management======
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 +This method combines the Warre box Nadiring technique with the conventional Supering method used with modern honey production.
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 +===== Spring Start =====
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 +In the Spring, 1 to 2 new boxes are nadired underneath the hive stack below the current brood chamber. ​ The number of Nadirs depends on the population of the successfully over-Wintered colony.  ​
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 +If at the first early Spring inspection (first week of April in the Omaha metro area) the colony is covering 3/5 or 6/8 frames in the brood boxes, then add 1 nadired box to the stack. ​ Check again in 2 weeks to see if able to add 2nd new box.
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 +If the population is greater than that, add 2 new nadired boxes immediately. ​ Check food stores, supplemental feeding may bee necessary depending on remaining stores and environmental conditions. ​ Plenty of stores induces bees to draw combs out in new boxes sooner.
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 +Once the new nadirs are drawn out and bees have moved down for brood production, production management begins.
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 +===== Production =====
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 +For honey/​beeswax production, add new supers to the top of the hive stack, above the two previous brood chambers. ​ Those are technically the first honey supers for Winter stores and a natural "Queen excluder"​.
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 +Any new honey supers will be "​under-supered"​ between the two upper former brood boxes (now back-filled with honey).
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