I've got two top-bar hives (built to backyardhive.com's Golden Mean specs).
One is queenright and doing very well, almost to the point where I have no choice but to do a split (14/18 combs drawn). The other hive is in bad shape, no queen, Laying workers, very low population.
Ideally what I think I should do is somehow split the strong hive and combine with the weak one, but I am not really sure how to go about this. First of all, is this a good idea?
If so, how would I got about doing this?
I did that last weekend. Will check on their progress this weekend. From what I've read it will take more than just one frame/bar of eggs. Once a week for a few weeks. I am not sure I want to weaken my stronger hive that much? Could I introduce a new queen?
Hal Mack -
I'm definitely a newbeee, but I thought if you had a lw colony/hive and then also a strong hive, that you took some eggs that have not been capped from the strong queen colony and added it to the lw hive. That way the lw hive could raise a queen? And if all you added was capped brood then you would only end up with more workers in the lw hive? So don't you also need to add eggs and not just capped brood? Just trying to learn as much as possible, I also currently have a lw hive from a swarm I caught.