Tag: checker boarding

Un-Checker Boarding

Un-Checker Boarding

Checker Boarding vs Conventional Methods After checker boarding for a decade, I reconfigured a beeyard and ran in a conventional manner. Checker boarded yards: 3 deep body hives checker boarded in March need no additional feeding produced twice the average honey crop less than 10% […]

Too Early to Checker Board?

Too Early to Checker Board?

My Langstroth hives consist of three deep hive bodies. The top deep is sealed honey. The bees consistently overwinter in the middle deep. The bottom deep consists of partially empty frames with some pollen and honey. To checker board them, I take the middle deep, […]

Checker Boarding

Checker Boarding

Checker boarding is a simple and elegant swarm management tool. It uses the bee’s natural swarm and survival impulses to maximize hive populations and honey production. When checker boarding,  empty comb frames are alternated with feed frames in supers directly above the broodnest. Checker boarding: […]