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  1. #1
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    I read in some post that these actions would slow down production in the hives you were spltting and combining. Why is that? Is it much of a slow down?

    Thanks,
    Brian

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    Anything that forced the bees to reorganize or disrupts their hive hurts production. If they are trying to swarm a split and recombine is much less disruptive than a swarm and I believe it's less disruptive than constantly tearing down queen cells.

  3. #3
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    On the other hand, when you split can make a difference. Split early (before they want to swarm) and let both hives build up in population and recombine once the major honey flow begins (and when they are unlikely to want to swarm) and you'll have significantly larger foraging force. Much bigger than a single hive, but then this is basically the idea behind the two queen hive.
    Downside is that you need twice the bottom boards, covers, etc.

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