Re: Very Weak Hive, Risk Combining?
If you do mite treatment and not a tf like myself here then go ahead to combine with
your strongest hive. After all the broods emerged from these comb then do the treatment that
follows. Inside a strong hive the bees will clean out the wax moth maggots. The only time when
wax moths get to the comb is when the hive is severely weakened. Don't give them too much free
room to get to the comb. Compacted the bees into a hive so that they can guard the comb and
broods. Combining is an option to have more bees in the hive too.
And if you are part of the tf group then don't combine because the mites could over run your existing strong
colony. I use the constant mite removal management method to reduced the mite population to less than 1% now. After
that it is queen rearing time to further give them a brood break to take out the mites approaching winter time.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?