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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    seattle, wa

    Default Small colony

    Hi All-
    I have a new, small colony that was a swarm, with a queen that was taken out of a home.
    It is settling in (after swarming and then I re-introduced them to the hive), but truth be told, it is a pretty small group of girls.
    I worry that they will be compromised because of their size, but wonder about how I would put another swarm in with them.
    I have a friend who has a swarm, and ideally I would increase their numbers and size to make them heartier, but not sure how to do
    that without finding and eliminating a queen - something I am not crazy about doing.
    I tend to err on the side of letting things "bee", with my beekeeping practices - and wonder if letting them (the assumed multiple queens) fight it out would be an ok way to go. Or just crazy?
    Any thoughts?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Chickamauga, Walker County, Georgia

    Default Re: Small colony

    Putting two swarms in the same box? Nothing I've ever heard of. Let this swarm grow. They won't get one whit bigger until the first crop of brood comes on-line no matter what their size is now.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA

    Default Re: Small colony

    Do what you like. I'd let them both grow on their own and see what happens. You may be surprised.
    Michael Bush "Everything works if you let it." 42y 40h 39yTF


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