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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Mohegan Lake, NY
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    I made a few splits 3 weeks ago to prevent swarming, so far so good! Except one appears to have become a laying worker hive. Has anyone tried to use the newspaper method of hive combing with a queenright hive to get rid of the laying worker?
    I think it should work, when done with 2 queenright hives the better queen wins and all are saved! I'd hate to try it and be wrong(I'd loss 2 hives)!
    Anyone out there tried this possible solution?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    mn, wi, tx
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    I always immediately add any queenless/drone-laying worker hives to other VERY STRONG hives using the newspaper method. Later on if you want to start a nuc to replace the lost hive it is best to use frames of bees and brood from a queen-right hive.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    You asked this on the Beekeeping 101 and I ansered there, but I'll say it again.

    I've seen this succeed and I've heard of it failing. You pay your money and you take your chances. I would do the combine myself, but I know lots of experienced beekeepers who would say you should do a shakedown.


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