Re: shaking out a laying worker hive. a video
I'm pretty cautious about doing a newspaper combine with a laying worker hive. Especially one with a good sized population. Those bees ‘think’ they are queenright. And they have a number of bees that think they are queens. As long as I’m going to redistribute all their stuff, I might as well try to redistribute their bees. Just the way I do it....not necessarily the 'right' way.
Originally Posted by Richinbama
Before it gets cold I do end of season final inspections. At that time any hives that might be marginal for any reason get shaken out. I don't try to carry 'dinks' through the winter. I had a fellow working with me one season a few years ago. We were doing those inspections. He was carrying a frame of bees and asked me if he should shake them out. I didn't even look up from the hive I was checking and replied 'when in doubt, shake 'em out'. That's one of my mottoes.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Emerson