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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Chatham Co, NC, USA
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    50

    Default Newspaper Combine....now what do we do

    Our #2 colony was very weak. We've dealt with wax moth and finally got a handle on that, but the bees just seemed to be struggling. today, we made a split from our extremely large #1 colony and moved an 8-frame deep of open and capped brood, capped honey and pollen + bees. newspaper was placed on top of #2, then then new deep. We propped the outer cover open with a couple small sticks so the bees could exit via the back notch in the inner cover. So we wait..... How will we know if we were successful? what if we aren't? what could go wrong at this point? Any advice as to our next step(s) would be appreciated. Yes, we found the queen and capped brood in the bottom deep before we began.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rockford, MI
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    Default Re: Newspaper Combine....now what do we do

    Wait two days and remove the newspaper. Should be fine.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Reidsville, NC
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    114

    Default Re: Newspaper Combine....now what do we do

    The last time I did a combine, I put the paper on and came back in 4 days, there was not a shred of paper in the hive, only what was trapped between the boxes.

    Check again in a week to make sure you have fresh eggs and everything should be just fine.

    Not to be Debbie downer, but you may still end up with a week hive if the queen is just making week bees. I would suggest a nuc and let them make you a good queen from the strong hive or go buy a new queen. Either way when you have another queen, replace the one from your week hive.
    Experience is better than theory.

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