Re: strengthening a hive
- I've done it a couple times early in yr to help a hive that came thru winter weak and need a boost. I take nurse bees and all and put them in with no problem.
If i have a quennless hive i take a frame of eggs and put in let them raise their own Queen. good luck . roger NJ
--- In Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, "S" <sfg0101010@...> wrote:
> Anyone had any luck in taking capped brood from a good performing hive and placing it in a slow hive, to build up the numbers? I didnt know if the new emerging bees would be accepted or rejected.
> Honey flow has been great this spring, here....
> location: Fort Worth, Texas
> By the way, I think it would be beneficial for everyone posting on here to give their general geographic locations as a point of reference of the discussion. 90 % of the responses seem to be "Where are you located."
That is also a good way to hold a hive while a new queen in en route. When you realize you are without a queen, grab a frame with eggs in it and they’ll, at least, be able to start a new queen. Even if you don’t want to keep the home raised queen it will keep them happy and focused until a known queen can arrive.
The hive I installed earlier in the season tried to supersede as soon as I installed them. there are still some capped cells that look like they were drones. The package had a LOT of drones in it, then the queen was laying drones. I have since talked to some other folks who had the same problem from the same apiary. I don’t know what caused it. but, when I realized what was happening, I made certain to install known queens. I am assuming that the original queens weren’t well mated.
The one I installed is finally up and running. Meanwhile, the hive next to it is very full. They’ll have their first super this weekend. I am pretty pleased with the buildup since it has only been about 6-7 weeks.
I don’t know if any of you have tried top bar hives but I’m planning to put a couple in, in the next few weeks to see how they do.
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