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  1. #1
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    Default Two Hives from packages, unequal strength 6 weeks later . . .

    Hello Group,

    I have two hives started from packages March 31. One is doing very well, the other . . . ok. The hives are placed side-by-side about 2 feet apart on the same stand. I suspect I'm getting a bit of drifting as the bushes encourage the bees to fly out from the second hive sort of past the first one.

    What to do?

    1) It is what it is, leave 'em alone
    2) Switch hive positions so the other hive is "first in line"
    3) Take frames from stronger, put in other hive
    4) Try to split stronger hive for a 3rd hive

    Suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Two Hives on a Stand

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Two Hives from packages, unequal strength 6 weeks later . . .

    Dang. Nice paint jobs. I would do either 1 or 2.

    And 3 if possible.

    Make increase often and early until you have all you want. Better to go into winter with 2 smallish hives that 1 big one IMHO.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Two Hives from packages, unequal strength 6 weeks later . . .

    I'd go with #2.

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    Default Re: Two Hives from packages, unequal strength 6 weeks later . . .

    let them go a couple of weeks. If you feel they are unequal take a frame of brood from the strong and give to the weak. (make sure not to take queen) they will soon be the same. good luck

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    Default Re: Two Hives from packages, unequal strength 6 weeks later . . .

    5) how's about trimming bushes?
    Scrapfe---Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.--Otto von Bismarck.

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    Default Re: Two Hives from packages, unequal strength 6 weeks later . . .

    I'd probably switch hives but over time, they tend to even out. If you don't want to switch hives (nucs are a lot easier when you have to do that), just move a frame....maybe two.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Two Hives from packages, unequal strength 6 weeks later . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Scrapfe View Post
    5) how's about trimming bushes?
    I think I'm going to rotate the stand so they don't have to pass by one hive to get to the other. I love messing about with bees, anyway!


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