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  1. #1
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    Default Uniting two colonies

    I had a split, whose queen got lost in the mating flight. They were frantically building queen caps, which wouldn’t get filled. I united them with a successful split (newspaper method, well, brown paper, don’t like the idea of bees chewing up ink). In 24 hours I went to check on them, they ate holes in the paper and when I took some frames out from the bottom deep, I saw my queen being balled!
    By the time I ran into the garage to get a cage, they killed her.

    I have another split I can unite them with and would prefer to do so to minimize the number of hives, but what if they’ll ball this queen as well? Did I do something wrong?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Uniting two colonies

    Try a double layer of newspaper; or, using a double screen, place the colony onto of the other one, let them be for 2-3 day and then remove the screen and put a sheet of newspaper in its place.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Uniting two colonies

    Is a double screen a specific piece of bee keeping equipment or simply window screening material? Mark

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Uniting two colonies

    Is it possible they had a queen?

    If they were queenless for a few hours and no drone laying worker they should have accepted her with open arms.

    Try a frame with some new eggs and watch to see what happens. They will make queen cells with the new eggs if they need a queen.

    A split needs a month the raise a new queen and for her to mate and start laying.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Uniting two colonies

    They were definitely queenless for two days. Their queen was marked, and the split was small- three frames, easy to check.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 06-01-2012 at 03:35 PM. Reason: UNQuote

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Uniting two colonies

    That is a great idea, a double screen! And it will help with the ventilation too, it's pretty hot outside. I will do that! Thank you!

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Uniting two colonies

    They now have eggs to make a new queen it they need one. Wait and see if they draw queen cells. I'm betting they still have a queen.

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