Uniting Colonies

redwood
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Uniting Colonies

Postby redwood » Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:37 pm

Would anyone like to know how and why this is done?

kimnewbee
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Re: Uniting Colonies

Postby kimnewbee » Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:04 pm

Yes please

redwood
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Re: Uniting Colonies

Postby redwood » Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:41 am

It's not as difficult as one might see, first you need some extra kit, a news paper or a tin of air freshener.
Decide which queen you don't want (usually the least productive or the most aggressive one)
Place a sheet of news paper over the top of the queen right colony and place a queen excluder on top of the news paper,
Make a few pin holes in the news paper. (say 10)
Add the queenless colony on top of the queen excluder
Wait 7 day by this time you will see lumps of chewed up news paper on the floor outside the hive.
Now you can reduce down to one brood box or keep it a double brood depending on size of colony
To reduce down to one brood box you will need to go through the boxes and put all the brood into one box.

The air freshener method is an easy way of doing it and used by most commercial beekeepers.
As above except omit the newspaper.......... and just before the two colonies are united give a quick spray of air freshener to the top of the queen right box and the bottom of the queen less box.
Don't unit with supers between the brood boxes as this can lead to a demaree affect, clear supers first and replace after 7 days.

kimnewbee
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Re: Uniting Colonies

Postby kimnewbee » Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:08 pm

Thank you very helpful

redwood
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Re: Uniting Colonies

Postby redwood » Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:17 am

Not a problem.
Anything else?


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