Hello all! I have a question about which hives to combine::::
I have three strong hives and two weak hives.
Strong Hives are as follows:
1. third year hive who was requeened this spring due to aggressive behavior. healthy feisty hive with good stores and brood.
2. split from Hive 1 made in the spring. great looking hive! docile and fruitful.
3. Feral hive from a cut out in late July. Massive queen, great layer.
Weak Hives are as follows:
A. Third year hive that survived SHB, Wax moth, and EFB all in one season. Doing well. First year queen.
B. Nuc made by mistake (don't ask) from Weak Hive A during the infestation. First year queen. Hive is hanging in there, but really not populous enough for overwintering.
Sooooo.....do I combine two weak hives? one weak hive with a strong hive? or combine both weak hives with one strong hive? And which queen is expired since all are first year queens except for the feral hive.....