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  1. #1
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    Default Two clusters in new hive

    Hi All,
    This is my first time trying a top bar hive. I just installed a package on Saturday into a new hive. I attached a small amount of comb to from one of my Lang's that I was experimenting with a frame with no foundation. (it's the 2nd bar in if that matters) When I looked through the observation window this morning I see two clusters of bees, one at the front of the hive where the comb is, and one at the back by the follower board (10 frames in.) I just want to know if this is normal. It makes me wonder if I have two queens and they are peacefully sharing space. I expected them to all be in one cluster together.

  2. #2
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    Vancouver Island North, BC, Canada
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    Default Re: Two clusters in new hive

    Mine did the same thing when I installed from a nuc, by the end of the second day when I checked on them they had all clustered together near the entrance.

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  3. #3
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    Default Re: Two clusters in new hive

    Good to know. Thanks!

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Two clusters in new hive

    Where did you put the queen cage?
    Can you seen any festooning and comb building near the follower board?

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Two clusters in new hive

    Originally I had her on the 2nd bar with the comb, but I released her on Sunday. (compromising between Michael Bush's immediate release advice and the "normal" 3 day wait)
    I don't see any festooning or comb building with either cluster but they are really in the way to be able to see much.
    I tried to take a pic but the glare on the window is pretty bad.
    Last edited by beehugger; 05-08-2012 at 04:31 PM.

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    Default Re: Two clusters in new hive

    Ok, 4 weeks later and I have another question. The two clusters finally joined up into one about a week later, but it was the front cluster joining with the back. I have 9 very nice combs back by the follower board, and 4 smaller ones they left at the front with two empty bars as well. From everything I've read, the brood should comb should be nearer to the front. Should I push the back bars closer to the front and move the empty front comb to the back, or should I figure they know what they are doing and leave them alone? I don't know why the second cluster started at the back and came forward instead of the other way around.

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