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I did a combine the other day. I sandwiched the box I added between two sheets of newspaper, the "host's" supers above, and the "host's" brood box below. Early the next morning, concerned about the heat I removed the newspaper (it had been chewed through), but there was a layer of what I presume were suffocated bees. I'll check if the queen made it in a couple of days.
So my question is: When combining hives in the summer what it is the best way to avoid overheating/suffocation? Thanks, Adrian.
 

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Don't do the sandwich method. Put the box you are combing on top above a sheet of newspaper and leave the cover cracked open for bees to go in and out. After the bees are united put the combine box where you want it.
 
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