Re: Combining Hives - who's on top?
I just did a newspaper combine. I put the new bees in the top deep both times. Actually, the deep was only used for the combine, then removed once the bees had proven acceptance (thoroughly chewed the newspaper). I actually did two combines to the same hive. Both times the bees I added were from the same original swarm. Once I was done combining I removed the upper deep to concentrate the bees to build out the lower brood box.
Examining the hives, I didn't notice any signs of a failed combine (lots of dead bees outside) and the overall population is much greater, despite the accepting hive also having raised a new queen in that time frame. A lot is going on with that one poor hive, but it is pulling through!
One package to 4 hives in 3 months. After 12 months I'm over a dozen hives and growing. Head over heels for bees!!!