Un-Checker Boarding

Un-Checker Boarding

Checker Boarding vs Conventional Methods The Idea After a decade of checker boarding, a beeyard was reconfigured and run in a conventional manner. During the checker boarding phase: hives were in 3 deep brood chambers checker boarded in March required no additional feeding produced more than twice the average honey crop less than 10% of the hives tried to swarm minimal inspections/labor Conventional setup: hives […]

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, with bees and brood and place it on the bottom board. The bottom deep provides the empty frames which are […]

Checker Boarding

Checker Boarding

The Idea 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: increases clustering space keeps the brood in direct contact with their food reserves opens up a honey bound […]

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