Re: Bee Whisperer
I would not jump to the conclusion that your were misinformed, perhaps the information was just misunderstood. You absolutely can combine two swarms and the advice was probably good advice considering the time of the year. However; there are steps that must be taken to do a combine successfully as other here have pointed out.
There are also still a lot of old myths and wives tales that surround beekeeping activities.
Good Judgement comes from Experience. Experience comes from Poor Judgement.