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First year swarm management


Hi Matt! I love the forum…We are ready to add the last two boxes for our new Warre hive. I’m assuming you don’t harvest the first year…so if they move down, do we leave all four boxes on for the winter? Thanks so much :?





While I already responded to you on Facebook, I figured I’d post here too in case others have the same question!

You can certainly harvest the first year if they fill up more than 2 boxes! They need to be overwintered in at least 2 boxes in our climate. 1 box with brood+honey+pollen, and 1 box full of mostly honey. Anything on top of that and you’re probably safe to harvest. Personally, I harvest in September around Labor Day.