Made 2 splits , can I add more bees to one
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    Default Made 2 splits , can I add more bees to one

    Placed a 5 frame wooden up box on 2 Warre boxes x 2
    One has lots of bees bringing pollen into the hive
    One has only a few bees gathering pollen
    Any way of adding bees to the one with not a lot of pollen gathering bees

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    5 frame nuc box

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    Default Re: Made 2 splits , can I add more bees to one

    In your picture it looks like 2, 5 frame nucs stacked at 90 degree angle. You could try swapping them. That usually moves the foragers to the box in the original location.

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    Default Re: Made 2 splits , can I add more bees to one

    that's what I would suggest. Or put the hive with the fewest foragers next to a very busy hive
    Stuck in Texas. Learning Permaculture in drought, flood and strange weather. The bees are still alive.

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    These two splits came from two hives you can’t see , 10 feet away.
    This was done due to the fact at 75 years old , am trying Warre hives for less wt.
    One split lots of activity
    One split not
    The nuc boxes are crossways to take frames from a deep and move them into a Warre.
    Both splits done the same day , 12 days ago..
    Looking for a plan to help the split not doing as well.

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    Default Re: Made 2 splits , can I add more bees to one

    Yes, safe and easy way here... so long as you can find queens.
    Goto strong hive, remove frames of open larva and inspect to be very sure queen is not on them. Take those frames and shake or brush the bees off of them onto the lid of the hive needing a boost. The older bees will fly back home, they youngest bees will crawl down into hive entrance.

    This way, the split stays in place, no confusion for it or loss.
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    Default Re: Made 2 splits , can I add more bees to one

    I've gotta try that. Sounds quicker than the bucket method.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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