1355Re: [TopHive] combining queenless hives
- Jul 1, 2008A nice spray of Honey Bee Healthy mixed 4 teaspoons to one quart of 1:1
syrup will take care of any odor difference. It is said a queen or hive
combine can be done immediately when it is used. Also good for bees to
settle in a new hive,
About $25 or less for 16 oz.
Go to their site and they list everyone who carries it. Something good to
have on hand all of the time.
----- Original Message -----
From: "bethblue1122" <BethBoyer@...>
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 9:40 PM
Subject: [TopHive] combining queenless hives
> Hi all,
> Please help with a problem. I have two TBHs, both are queenless.
> How they came to be that way is a long story, and trust me, they are
> not merely honey bound, and I am not missing the queens.
> I am able to get a mated queen from my beeclub, but I need advice in
> how to combine two queenless hives and introduce a queen at the same
> time. These colonies are racing the clock. I need to get a queen in
> there and laying asap before the field bees die out and none are left
> to nurse the young (if it isn't too late already--again, a long
> I was thinking I just combine the hives by bringing in the combs from
> the smaller colony, and spraying all the bees with a 1:1 sugar
> solution, add the queen in a cage with a marshmallow plug, and pray.
> Anything else I should do? A TBH doesn't lend itself to newspaper
> combines, etc.
> I appreciate any suggestions.
> Best regards,
> Beth in CT
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