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Bees don't build in lower box

 
Mark Lipscomb
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I have a Warre hive.  The colony is 3 years old now.  I have harvested honey once; this year.  The colony has swarmed twice.  They have had 3 and 4 boxes for the last 2 years.  They never build in the lower box?!  For lack of any other solution I'll just keep an extra box down there at all times. 


Any ideas?
 
Gary Fawcett
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Hi,

Is the entrance at the bottom of the hive?

If so I would move the empty box to the top, then they will start using it.  Bees usually build upwards not down.

Give that a go and report back....Gary
 
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