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    Default Hello. I have a queenless hive .

    I have no brood but quite a few bees . I live in Illinois and wanted to know if I can combine that hive with another this time of year ,November ? Thank You

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    Default Re: Hello. I have a queenless hive .

    Welcome to Beesource. Straight and to the point, how do you know your hive is queenless? At this time of year, lack of brood or eggs is not an indicator. On the other hand, if you know because you rolled her, or had a late season swarm, then AFAIK you can combine any time it is warm enough that the bees are not clustered. Might be getting a bit cold at night up there.

    Even if you are certain they are queenless, it wouldn't hurt to run them through a queen excluder before combining. Just to be sure.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Hello. I have a queenless hive .

    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    Welcome to Beesource. Straight and to the point, how do you know your hive is queenless? At this time of year, lack of brood or eggs is not an indicator. On the other hand, if you know because you rolled her, or had a late season swarm, then AFAIK you can combine any time it is warm enough that the bees are not clustered. Might be getting a bit cold at night up there.

    Even if you are certain they are queenless, it wouldn't hurt to run them through a queen excluder before combining. Just to be sure.
    I just requeened a mean hive like that, but through the excluder didn't work, I went back and shook them all out, and put an excluder on the entrance. check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR7rxF0fkGo&t=247s
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    Default Re: Hello. I have a queenless hive .

    Ifixoldhouses, What do you mean it didn’t work?

    How should one go about adding bees to a hive? Shake them out near the hive and let them walk in?

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    Default Re: Hello. I have a queenless hive .

    I'm in the southern part of the state and it's not too late but that window is closing quickly. Best be sure before you make a move, there isn't much time for a do over.

    What part of the state are you located?
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    Default Re: Hello. I have a queenless hive .

    I went back 5 days later and they were rejecting the queen and roaring, the old queen must have flew in the entrance or something, so I put an excluder on the front and dumped them all out again, this time it worked, they released the new queen.
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    Default Re: Hello. I have a queenless hive .

    Quote Originally Posted by ifixoldhouses View Post
    I went back 5 days later and they were rejecting the queen and roaring, the old queen must have flew in the entrance or something, so I put an excluder on the front and dumped them all out again, this time it worked, they released the new queen.
    I have had something similar happen so now when I do a shake out I do it 30 feet or more away from the original hive location. I have spotted queens walking up the side of the shaker box. I also now use an additional deep box above the excluder

    I have learned a number of different ways the bees can thwart my efforts! Costs me about $70.00 a trick for a shipped in queen!
    Frank

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    Default Re: Hello. I have a queenless hive .

    Thanks. I'm going to double check on that queen

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    Default Re: Hello. I have a queenless hive .

    Thank You

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