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  1. #1
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    Default 2 queen colonies

    Ob two occasions I have found 2 queens in one colony. On each occasion the queens do not seem to be inclined to lay very much. I am asking what has been the experience of others, and what action have others taken, and whether that was a good fix? I am contemplating pinching one of the two queens rather than splitting.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Phil

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    Default Re: 2 queen colonies

    The amount of brood isn’t entirely up to the queens. The workers can only care for so much brood. I would leave them both.
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    Default Re: 2 queen colonies

    Quote Originally Posted by philip.devos View Post
    Ob two occasions I have found 2 queens in one colony. On each occasion the queens do not seem to be inclined to lay very much. I am asking what has been the experience of others, and what action have others taken, and whether that was a good fix? I am contemplating pinching one of the two queens rather than splitting.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Phil
    Why Pinch one? And which one do you pinch? Just curious?

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    Default Re: 2 queen colonies

    Agreed. If they’re in the same box they’ll work it out. I did have a hive with a queen above and one below the excluder. I left the best looking one and put the other in a nuc.

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    @ Barhopper: I was thinking of something similar to what you did. How did that work out? Did one of the splits do better than the other?

    Phil

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    Default Re: 2 queen colonies

    Yes one did better. The one I left. I had two different brood nest though, one on each side of the excluder. When they’re both in the same box I let them work it out. I’m checking a double queen hive tomorrow. It’ll be interesting to see if there are still two in there. I’m betting not.

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