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  1. #1
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    Default Two hive split and combine

    Has anyone done a two hive split and combine?

    What did you do?

    Do you think a two hive split and combine makes more honey than a cut down split?

    Thanks
    Matthew Davey

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    Default Re: Two hive split and combine

    Wouldn't that be the same as a two queen hive? I'm hoping to try something similar by splitting a hive three ways and combining to a three queen hive.

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    Default Re: Two hive split and combine

    >Do you think a two hive split and combine makes more honey than a cut down split?

    You have twice as many bees. Yes they make more honey.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Two hive split and combine

    JD, the idea of the combine is to have very little brood, no queen (so that there is no new brood until a new virgin queen mates) and a very large number of foragers in the hive.

    I'm thinking of putting a new hive inbetween two older hives. Then taking a few frames from each hive and combining them in the new hive (with no queen). Then moving the old hives at least several meters/yards away so that foragers return to the new hive.

    Matthew Davey

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