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I had a weak colony and wanted to add some more bees to it - so it took 2 frames full of bees and brood and added them to the weak colony using the newspaper method

in just 24hours they merged nicely

but i noticed 1 problem - after merging all the bees went to the lower chamber and left all the brood that i added unattended and potentially this brood died due to the night cold

how can i avoid this in the future?

would it have been better if i just added the brood frames with no bees?

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If you're adding nurse bees covering brood, you don't need to do a newspaper combine- they get along just fine. It's the older bees that get feisty, not the young nurse bees! When I supplement a weaker hive with a frame or two of brood, I add it right next to the existing brood nest to help them keep everything warm & covered, and I've never had a problem. (A very light shake on a brood frame removes most of the older bees and the younger nurse bees won't let go)
 

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Is that Malta Montana? Pretty cold to be moving frames. If you feel the need to do such in cold weather again, consider putting the frames beside the existing cluster in the same box. I would guess the bees just covered all the brood they were able to and your transplant bees gravitated to the queen and brood on the bottom. Make sure they have honey next to the cluster.
 

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From the Facebook Page pictures I would guess it is the Island of Malta. Rosemary would not be blooming in January in Malta, MT. Nothing is blooming in MT.
 

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Ya, you know Malta, Home of the Baron Meguille Sacluna !
Knute Is exactly correct, I do it quite frequently when doing splits and find one struggling . Just be sure you do not move the queen.
 

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Is that Malta Montana? Pretty cold to be moving frames. If you feel the need to do such in cold weather again, consider putting the frames beside the existing cluster in the same box. I would guess the bees just covered all the brood they were able to and your transplant bees gravitated to the queen and brood on the bottom. Make sure they have honey next to the cluster.
no - Malta in Europe, Mediterranean region - here it is already 17C during the day
 

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Here is my sign! Didn't understand how it be cold enough in the Med that bees needed to leave brood to cluster. My apologies.
 
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