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  1. #1
    Harold Guest

    Default Help Combinding 2 hives

    I have 2 hives. One is week. Single body Hive about 3/4 full of bees.
    But has a queen Lots of brood and eggs.
    The other one is two hive bodies, both boxes full of bees. No Queen, On brood and no eggs.
    I want to combine the two using the news paper method.
    My question is which one goes on top.
    TKS
    Harold

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    Default Re: Help Combinding 2 hives

    I would say the one without the queen goes on top.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Help Combinding 2 hives

    I'd put the queenless one on top also.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Help Combinding 2 hives

    This may not be exactly what you are looking for, but... This is not a real good situation for a combine.

    If your good hive is 3/4 full of bees, good queen, and good brood, I would not do anything to that hive. Take it through the winter. If you need more bees, combine a few frames from the much stronger hive to build it up.

    If your other hive is 2 deeps full of bees, you just need a queen to put with it. If you combine, and the far stronger hive, kills the queen, which is possible, you now have two hives without queens. Your only hope would be for them to make a queen from eggs from the weaker hive.

    If I were determined to combine, I would double screen, put the weaker hive on top, leave for a week to insure acceptance, then remove screen. But, if I had the situation described above, I would think hard before combining these two hives.

    Hope this is helpful.

    cchoganjr

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    Default Re: Help Combinding 2 hives

    Why combine when you can add a queen and make both work? Cleo has gave you some great advice.

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    Harold Guest

    Default Re: Help Combinding 2 hives

    I live is Seattle and have not been able to find a Queen.
    I will keep trying.If no luck.
    I think My best chance will be with a double screen.
    Thank All
    Harold

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    Default Re: Help Combinding 2 hives

    Harold,

    I'll be in Oly in a couple of weeks, and would be happy to help you.

  8. #8
    Harold Guest

    Default Re: Help Combinding 2 hives

    Thank you Beregondo.
    I Appreciate the offer. But I did find a new queen will install her tomorrow
    I like the way beekeepers will help each other out.
    Thanks again
    Harold

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