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    OK guys, I've been reading your advice for months and now need some help. I've been getting some swarm calls and been hiving some medium sized feral swarms in 5 frame Deep Nuc's with the idea when they fill them out they can go into some standard deeps. But I'm starting to wonder if it would be wiser to dump 2 together and get with the program faster, and or divide a deep into two with an excluder over the deep and let the two make honey. In another month I would like to use the best of these swarms to breed some new queens.

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    It depends on your goals. I like to get feral queens. If you think they are feral (size is a good indicator as is the source, if you can figure it out), and you want feral queens I'd tend to leave them seperate. If you are hoping to get them built up soon and get a honey crop, combining would be better.

    But it sounds like you'd like to get some queens. So keep the queens.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Well, I'm thinking I'll keep them seperate until I can determine which ones are the best. Was just concerned that it would take them awhile to get built up and then we may be ready for winter. But I've decided it's still early enough that they should have a good chance to make something of themselves!!! Thanks

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    You didnt indicate whether you started with drawn or foundation. They will build up much faster with a couple of drawn comb where the queen can start brood activity right away. Once you have a boiling hive, you can then decide which way you want to go.

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    They're on foundation with some syrup to get them going. Didn't really have much extra drawn comb to be giving. Thought I might be getting some nicely drawn frames by using the swarms but I know I'm taking some of their energy away. Thanks for the thoughts.

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