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    Default combining hives

    History: I have two hives I started last year they never really got strong enough for a second brood chamber, though they sustained themselves. this year I started checking on them in January when the weather was warm andhave had larva capped brood in the hives. about two weeks ago I found one of them had swarmed/split so I caught them and started a "NEW" hive after inspection saturday I noticed that the two old hives had no eggs or larva though they have honey and pollen stores. the new one had honey,pollen and eggs(best i can tell with my eye site even with glasses on) the first two hives have 7-10 frames of comb in one brood chamber, the new one has one and half frames of comb.

    well I guess it wasnt eggs as I just checked the swarm hive and no larva just bees, pollen, and nectar this hive is two weeks old tomorrow should there be signs of a queen by now?

    Obviously I dont have a queen anywhere on this hill unless she is in the trees in woods behind me


    I have researched the news paper between the two brood chambers and understand how this works,however I am confused on how long it takes for them to eat through the paper?
    Should I block the entrance of the bottom hive?
    Will the top hive not have an entrance?
    Which hive should I put the queen in?

    Im sure when these questions are answered it will put new questions in my mind


    when I have the two hives combined can I introduce the swarm hive once they are happy again?

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    Default Re: combining hives

    I am a little confused but that happens often. Please clarify. You have three hives now and only one has a queen as far as you can tell.
    "Someday we will look back and realize someone was right...and conveniently forget we were the ones that were wrong."

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    Default Re: combining hives

    Quote Originally Posted by dnichols View Post
    I am a little confused but that happens often. Please clarify. You have three hives now and only one has a queen as far as you can tell.


    Far as I can tell I have 3 hives and no queen.......nothing but bees, pollen and honey in the boxes.

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    Default Re: combining hives

    Why not requeen all three? If they have been without a queen for awhile you may get a laying worker colony. Have you done a solid search for the queen(s). Just because there are no eggs doesn't necessarily mean no queen. What is the temperament of the hives? This can be a good indicator of queenlessness.
    "Someday we will look back and realize someone was right...and conveniently forget we were the ones that were wrong."

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    Default Re: combining hives

    Quote Originally Posted by dnichols View Post
    Why not requeen all three? I want Honey this year and lots of it If they have been without a queen for awhile you may get a laying worker colony. just been without a queen for two weeks Have you done a solid search for the queen(s). yes, cant see her Just because there are no eggs doesn't necessarily mean no queen. What is the temperament of the hives? very ill manored This can be a good indicator of queenlessness.

    This should help some

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    Default Re: combining hives

    You have two choices, you can throw a match on them and buy your honey at the grocery store or requeen them soon.

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