Re: [Beekeeping] Re: Combining small colonies for winter
- Hi I have a queen that was drone laying at the back end of the season, I left a queen cell in hoping that it would supercede itself but I don't think it worked out. There may have not been enough drones about for the new queen to mate with so late in the season. I've left it and will requeen it next year.regards Alan
From: peter haywood <samphorgatherer@...>
Sent: Wed, 10 November, 2010 20:57:04
Subject: Re: [Beekeeping] Re: Combining small colonies for winter
The newspaper method works well and is extremely popular, but, if you have a colony which is so determnedly queenless it`s already killed two queens it would be way too risky for me. You lose nothing by throwing the bees out on the ground, on a warmish day of course, to find their own way into adjoining stocks. But if you try to unite them there`s a real risk they`ll kill a third queen too. I`ve known it happen several times in similar circumstances.Pete H
From: Gary <ggates5114@...>
Sent: Wed, 10 November, 2010 13:42:32
Subject: [Beekeeping] Re: Combining small colonies for winter
I recently combined 2 small colonies (one with a queen and one queenless) using the newspaper method. After about a week, I checked the hive and saw they had chewed through the newspaper (queenless on the bottom) and seemed to be doing well. Another week and I see that they have combined and the queen is still moving along and building up the winter bee population.
Newspaper mthod has the two colony broods placed together with a layer of newspaper between them. The barrier allows the queenless colony to get familiar with the queen's scent and not work at "removing" her. The bees chew through the newspaper in a few days and combine.
Hope this is beneficial.
--- In Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, "Keithp" <keithpope@...> wrote:
> Combining small colonies for winter, I have 2 small colonies that I want to save during the winter. One with a queen and one that is queenless. The one that is queenless has killed two queens that I have placed in their hive? I just don't want to combine this small hives with each other, and risk losing that queen as well.
> Any preventive measure to make sure this combo is successful?
> Note: the queenless hive has been queenless for at least a month.
> Lexington NC