combine swarms with colonies that swarmeds
I have collected 4-5 swarms and have lost maybe 3-4. I also recently removed queens from 2 colonies that are packed and have swarm cells. I put the queens from these hives in 4 frame nuc boxes with 1 1/2 frames of brood and a frame of honey & pollen plus a frame of drawn or plain foundation.
i am seeking advice on how to boost the population back up on these hives that swarmed. I've read about removing the queen as I've done and going back after a few dayz to remove all queen cells & reintroduce the queen. This is not an appealing process. I am wondering if I can use some of the bees from swarms I've caught by combining these bees with a depleted colony. many of the hives that swarmed have partially filled supers. Will I have to combine them in the traditional manner by putting a third deep on top of the double deep original hive? This will require removing the honey supers.
Can I simply place the bees into new hives? I know I can do this witb nurse bees but I am not sure about doing it witb field bees. Obviously the hive they came from will have to be relocated or the hive they go into? Will the bees fight with new bees?
If I reintroduce a queen from a hive that had swarm cells will I have to cage her as if she was a newly purchased queen?
This method is difficult because there are jam packed hives and even if I kill all the swarm cells there is a chance a new, unmated, queen can kill the original queen.
Basically I am looking for tried & true ways to boost swarm depleted hives AND retain the original.
The way this swarm season is going my honey production goals are looking about 50%. I could end up with a lot more hives but I can increase my hive numbers at the end of the flow. I am trying to maximize honey now while the flow is just now busting wide open.
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Keeping bees to raise money for chordoma.