I have a Buckfast and Italian hive next to each other, both started from packages. Tha buckfast hive just never really took off this year, I now realize it needs to requeened. Oh well.
The Italian hive was going gangbusters, but then swarmed a week or two ago (I wasn't there when it happened, so I didn't catch them). So now they have pretty much filled the top brood deep with honey and are working on the first super. The flow apparently isn't all that great this year, and the buckfast hive hasn't been bringing in much honey at all.
Since I'm about three weeks away from having a laying queen again in the Italian hive, and the buckfast queen is lame, I'm wondering if I wouldn't be better off pinching the buckfast queen and combing the two hives? Would this be a good idea?