Re: How many entrances needed for a combine
It doesn't matter if shaking or combining the 2 hives using various method. A LWs hive is different from the
typical QL hive combining to make a QR hive.
If the bees don't like the queen or it is a rather weak queen then
they will killed her anyway. Over the years I've killed many such
queens combining at the wrong time of the season. Summer time now is
the most vulnerable for the queen. There is a risk involved every time you
bring a LWs hive and a QR hive together. Many bees will died because of
fighting. Instead of making more bees now the hive after the combine is
weakened. There are situation that you have to evaluate the hives to warrant a
combine or not. If this don't work out then be ready to have many queens for a backup. Now you have a larger LWs hive to deal with after the combine. What a messy and headache situation.
In your situation, yes, you would need an upper entrance also. Bees need to go out to relief themselves too. Cooping them up without an entrance will increase the
irritation when they cannot be relax.
Last edited by beepro; 07-25-2017 at 01:47 PM.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?