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  1. #1
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    Default Combine or not

    I have three hives that got weak for various reasons. I am trying to decide if I should go ahead and combine or let them try to build up to a point where they can survive on their own. All three now have good young queens that are laying a good brood pattern. They all have some stores. They range from 3-6 frames of bees in a deep hive body. Trefoil and clover is still blooming and goldenrod is starting to bloom so they still have a good 8 weeks or so to build up. What would you do?

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    Default Re: Combine or not

    I'm a new beek but Since they have good queens I'd let them try to build up for a while. You can always combine them later if their still is a need. But if one of the experts disagrees I'd go with their advice instead.

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    Default Re: Combine or not

    I'm not one of the experts but I too would hold out to see what they do. If a young queen has enough bees to cover her brood and enough time for two laying cycles she will surprise you.
    If the flow stalls they may need a little feed. Woody

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    Default Re: Combine or not

    I would let them bee as long as they are not being threatened by hive beetles or wax moths.....they will build up quick if all is well inside

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    Default Re: Combine or not

    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebs View Post
    All three now have good young queens that are laying a good brood pattern.
    Why would you combine now?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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