When adding a frame of brood
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    Default When adding a frame of brood

    When I add a frame of brood to a hive do I need to shake the bees off first?

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    Default Re: When adding a frame of brood

    Nope, nurse bees are lovers. CC Miller advised not to add too many frames from one hive or it could cause problems but I've never had a problem adding a couple framess
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    Default Re: When adding a frame of brood

    Just make sure you are not moving queens! The best frames to add weak colonies are frames you jiggleshake the bees off and put the frame/s in a box above a queen excluder and let nurse bees come up to cover the brood. That way its only nurses making the move. Being old and feeble in the queen finding eye and lacking patience, this is now my default.

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    Default Re: When adding a frame of brood

    Quote Originally Posted by bensmith0149 View Post
    When I add a frame of brood to a hive do I need to shake the bees off first?
    Depends on why you're doing it. If the recipient colony is ok for bees, then shake 'em off to save depleting the donor colony. If they're not, then donate the rider bees as well. Vance's method involves more work, but comes with a Queenless guarantee.
    LJ
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