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  1. #1
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    Default Adding brood/eggs to a package install?

    It there any advantage to adding a frame or two of brood and eggs to a package install in a new hive? I have packages coming in next Monday, and wanted to kill two birds with one stone by both giving the new hives a little head start and open up the broodnest a little in the existing hives.

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    Default Re: Adding brood/eggs to a package install?

    The first advantage would be the new bees hatching out for the entire 21 days until the new queen's eggs start to hatch. The 2nd advantage is the open brood helps keep the package bees satisfied with their new home.

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    Default Re: Adding brood/eggs to a package install?

    Outstanding idea. Wish I had thought of it. If you don't mind, I will use it next chance I get.
    Beeman
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    Default Re: Adding brood/eggs to a package install?

    If you wait 2 weeks after install before adding the brood it can help with supercedure problems that are common with package bees. I guess the idea is that up to 3 weeks after install the bees sometimes think that their queen is a dud because the hive population is diminishing every day and no new bees are hatching out yet. John

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    Default Re: Adding brood/eggs to a package install?

    >It there any advantage to adding a frame or two of brood and eggs to a package install in a new hive?

    It will do MUCH to anchor them to the hive and keep them from moving next door or absconding. More than anything else you could do.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Adding brood/eggs to a package install?

    Never had a swarm or a package obscond when a frame or two of open brood were added. It boosts them nicely and avoids the population dip that can occur before the actual first cycle of brood emerges.
    Ninja, is not in the dictionary. Well played Ninja's, well played...

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    Default Re: Adding brood/eggs to a package install?

    That combined with putting the package on drawn comb would be killer!

    Is this a royalty free idea?
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