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I was given this colony early last spring. It hadn't been worked for at least 3-years. It had a shallow full of caped honey. After feeding most of summer, and lots of bees flying in, and out, i looked in 2-weeks ago, the foudation still wasn't completely drawn out. What might be the problem? I have another hive that i captured, all the foundation was drawn out, and lots of bees flying in and out. I have SBB, and haven't treated with any poisons. I hate to combine them, because this is the only 2-hives i have left going into the winter. I checked for mites in August, and very few were found, maybe 4 or 5. Need some advise.
 

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I would say that something is wrong with your queen or for some reason enough brood aren't being produced to get the hive going strong.It could very well be mites that have weakened the hive.feeding the hive all summer and acces to pollen should be enough to fill aleast 1-2 deeps.
 
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The one-word answer is "requeen".

You saw with your own eyes that the colony
you captured out-performed the gift
colony, and I'll bet serious money that the
captured colony had more brood area than
the gift colony no matter when you might
have compared them.

You know that the gift colony had not been
worked for 3 years, so either the queen is
at least 3 years old, or the colony raised
its own queen, which likely was insufficently
mated. Some folks say requeen every year.
Some suggest requeening every other year.
I don't know anyone that would suggest
keeping a queen for 3 years.
 
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