Combining a nuc with a strong queenless hive.
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    Default Combining a nuc with a strong queenless hive.

    I planned on installing a new queen. However, due to fumbling on my part times 4, I wasn't sure where the original queen was so I pulled some frames from the hive and put them in a nuc box with the new queen. I intend to put the nuc frames back in the colony with the new queen. I just needed to get her in a box.

    1. Do I need to cage her or can I place her in the hive with the rest of the frames in the nuc box? They are going into a strong hive.
    2. She only emerged from the cage today, so should I wait until she begins to lay before I move her?

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    Default Re: Combining a nuc with a strong queenless hive.

    If you do not locate and kill the original queen first, how do you plan on making sure your new queen is the one that survives? You absolutely have to do it, or just run with the split and do not recombine.

    She should be laying before attempting a combine.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    If you do not locate and kill the original queen first, how do you plan on making sure your new queen is the one that survives? You absolutely have to do it, or just run with the split and do not recombine.

    She should be laying before attempting a combine.
    Of course I will find the old queen first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    If you do not locate and kill the original queen first, how do you plan on making sure your new queen is the one that survives? You absolutely have to do it, or just run with the split and do not recombine.

    She should be laying before attempting a combine.
    My question is do I need to introduce her to the old, large, colony or just do a paper combine? I've never merged such a small colony.

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