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    Default Second try

    I lost my bees to robbing in October. I now have 12 empty brood combs and 10 combs in various stages of filled with capped honey. When I dump a package into the hive in April, should all the brood and honey comb be in place or should they be gradually introduced back into the hive?

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    Default Re: Second try

    your package should really take off with the head start those frames will give it.

    if you are only getting one, i would give all to the one.

    did you figure out why your bees got weak?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: Second try

    I would put them in the single deep with the drawn comb and feed 1 to 1 syrup until they build up and then add the super or other deep? If you give them more room than they can protect at first, it could cause problems with SHB or wax mouths.

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    Default Re: Second try

    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post

    did you figure out why your bees got weak?
    Well, I did see deformed wigs, and I may have mistaken robbing for hive activity, so here is my current plan: I'm going to place some green drone foundation in the hive and harvest that any time it gets full. I'm going to puff powdered sugar on them at weekly intervals for three weeks at a time. Yet to determine how many cycles. I may requeening to break the brood cycle.
    I'm going to leave the robber screen up all year long. I'm going to realize that well meaning people have nectar available at different times/amounts than I do; my nectar season ends in June, harvest on the 4th of July and feed until they rebuild and refill the comb I take. When they are bloodless, I will treat with oxalic acid, probably by vaporization. At least that's the plan. I may do a split for a second hive.

    important lesson learned: I can go as slowly as I want, using a cloth drop cloth to cover the open hive while I take a break. -mike

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    Default Re: Second try

    understood mike, best of luck to you on your second try.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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