Re: [TopHive] Re: Need advice on helping my weak hive
- They are doing great.
I gave the weak hive a full bar of capped brood (I did sweep it free of
bees), and 2 bars of mostly capped honey. They did quite well from there.
My strong hive, a 4 foot top bar box started in April, was completely
full by September. I gave about 4 honey bars and another capped brood
bar to the weak hive. They filled up again, so I harvested about 7 bars
of honey. Now, the weak hive is almost as strong as the Strong hive. The
swarm hive is just over 3/4 full.
I think my Weaver bees are more productive than my wild caught swarm
bees. They are certainly more gentle, though the swarm bees aren't "bad".
On 10/8/2010 12:53 PM, owlsplace wrote:
> --- In TopHive@yahoogroups.com, Joycelyn Kasmir<diamondj@...> wrote:
>> A bit of background:
>> I got 2 packages (R. Weaver) for my two top bar hives on April 28th. One
>> stayed, one left within 3 days. On 5/14 we installed a very small swarm
>> into the empty hive. On that day, we gave the swarm a bar of open brood
>> and bar of honey (swept free of bees). This was done mostly to keep them
>> from leaving, but also, in case the something happened to the queen in
>> the swarm.
>> I was looking at the hives today, through the observation windows, and
>> saw that the package hive now has 23 bars drawn, but the swarm hive has
>> only 4, and they are not close to fully drawn. I did see the queen
>> walking on the face of some newly drawn comb, in the swarm hive, so at
>> least they aren't queenless. I see flowers everywhere and we have gotten
>> a few late season rains, so they have plenty resources to build up with.
>> But I'm wanting to help them along. My other hive is doing so well, I
>> thought I could give the weaker one some of their capped brood to boost
>> them up. My questions are,
>> 1) If I move a bar of capped brood and a bar of honey over to the weaker
>> hive, should I sweep it free of bees, or leave the nurse bees to join
>> the new hive?
>> 2) Will the hive view the ride-along bees as intruders and kill them?
>> 3) The weaker hive seems to be low on bees, do they have to warm and
>> work the capped brood?
>> 4) I think the strong hive could spare 2 bars of brood, as they seem to
>> have bees everywhere. Should I move that many? What if some are not
>> capped yet?
>> 5) Would moving these bars over mess up the Housel positioning, if I
>> just put them in next to the 4th bar (last) which is less than half
>> drawn? And how bad would that be really?
>> -Joycelyn near Houston, Tx
>> First year beek, with 2 top bar hives.
> How did this work out for you?
> I would have given the brood with nurse bees and keep the brood cluster together.
> If they haven't built up sufficiently by now I would be considering combining with my other hive.
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