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  1. #1
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    Apr 2012
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    watertown,wi.,USA
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    Default Can 2 swarms be combined?

    If I caught 1 small swarm in a trap and a week or 2 later I happened to catch another small OR larger swarm.... is it bad to combine the two into one hive? What will happen if both colonies have a Queen? It is getting late in the Wisconsin season to start up a new hive(swarm) and feel confident about them over the Winter. But I think I currently have a colony checking out one of my swarm traps and they might make it their home. Thanks, juzzer

  2. #2
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    Sep 2012
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    Casey, Il, USA
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    Default Re: Can 2 swarms be combined?

    If they both have queens, it would be a good time to try a Palmer double nuc, or you could pinch one queen and newspaper combine, If I did that I would wait till they start laying and see which one does a better job.

  3. #3
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    Auburn, Washington, USA
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    Default Re: Can 2 swarms be combined?

    I woudl not pinch a queen. a good queen plus a bad queen is still better laying rate than just a good queen. Winter is really not that far away and you need to build up. Do the Palmer's two queen system.

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