How long will a hive take to chew through newspaper in a combine?
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  1. #1
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    Default How long will a hive take to chew through newspaper in a combine?

    How long before the newspaper will be chewed and the hives combined?

    I have a full medium hive with an active queen that I just combined with a queenless hive using the newspaper combine method. The queen right hive was placed on top of a queenless, 1med,1deep hive. Only the queenless hive has outside access at this point.

    I want to know when I can go in and check that the combine worked well, the queen is still laying, etc.

    PS. It has been about 42 hours so far.

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    Default Re: How long will a hive take to chew through newspaper in a combine?

    The bees should have chewed through overnight. Did you cut a slit or poke a few holes in the paper?
    42 + years - 24 colonies - IPM disciple - Naturally Skeptic

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    Default Re: How long will a hive take to chew through newspaper in a combine?

    Yes I cut slits

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    Default Re: How long will a hive take to chew through newspaper in a combine?

    Thank you AR

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