Re: Mixing Hives?
Sounds like a drifting issue. Maybe swap places until the level out, and then turn one around so it face the other direction. It's seems it can be an exponential problem. Once one hive starts to pull ahead in the race it starts to boom and grow faster. All the while more and more bees are drifting from the weak to the strong.
I suppose you can just move a few bars, but you risk all the bees that are on it, just running back to the old hive. Granted you still get the bars of brood that will help the numbers in your weak hive, but wouldn't it be nice to have all the worker/forager bees that moved on that bar as well?
When doing this with bees on the bar, does a screen divider board need to be used at first so the bees don't fight? I have never done it, but it would sure be a shame to loose a bunch of bees due to fighting, when the goal was to up the numbers.
Let us know what you decide. Good Luck!
One package to 4 hives in 3 months. After 12 months I'm over a dozen hives and growing. Head over heels for bees!!!