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    Default Combining weaker hives

    I have swarm 3 hives that are still on their first deep. And 3 hives on their 2nd brood box. I'm feeding now but am worried about them making it through winter. When is it too late to "not" combine them w/ the 3 stronger hives?
    When and if I combine how do I place the brood frames frrom both hives or just place on top of each other? Just wondering if folks mix and match frames on a combine?

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    With two I use a sheet of newspaper. With three or more I just combine them and smoke them a little.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Thank you Mr Bush,
    I planned on the newspaper idea w/ 2 but combining all 3, I never thought of!!! good idea!!!(if needed).
    I just wondered would it bee better with the brood close together for warmth and production? I'm just guessing this idea!!!
    What about the timeframe? Is there concern for these hives being so small(not even 1 full deep) in July?

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    >I just wondered would it bee better with the brood close together for warmth and production? I'm just guessing this idea!!!

    If you're doing three or more, sure. If less, then you're back to dealing with the fighting. Three or more seems to cause enough confusion that it's not a problem.

    Probably even two, if you smoked them a moderate amount before and after the combine would work, but sometimes they decide to fight it out.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    OK I'm a newbee, and I understand the paper and combine part of this.
    I just wonder after the combine and w/ 2-4 frames of brood in each hive if I combined all the brood (after they all get friendly of course) into the bottom hive after a few days to keep them working in the same area. I can put the honey stores on the outer frames and top.
    I am pretty new so I have not seen a full 2 brood deep w/ supers on top kind of hive yet so not sure if arranging frames would be helpful in these weaker hives.
    Or should I leave the brood in the center of each box stacked on top of each other like they are in the combine?

    ALSO still no reply on "When do I need to "have" my combines accomplished? before the freeze? October? when clover is done? I want these bee's to survive the winter if I can help them. If I can feed them and nurse them into a strong enough hive on thier own I will. Otherwise I'll combine. When is that deadline?

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    'ALSO still no reply on "When do I need to "have" my combines accomplished? " that depends on if you get a fall flow, how strong it is, how long it lasts, when the killing frost hits, how severe(or not) this winter is, how early the spring flow starts, on and on. on a personal note, please try to be a little less, aaa, strident in requests for help this is afer all a free web site. hope this helps,mike
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