Right, I have a question that I have been meaning to ask for quite some time and get so interested in reading all the forum posts that I keep forgetting.
There is a chance that I may have to unite a colony with another colony soon. I have united colonies many times, using the newspaper method, successful, but the colonies united were generally very close to each other.
The two colonies that I may need to unite are several hives away from each other. So....is there any way to ensure that the foraging bees from the colony that is to be moved don't get lost, trying to find their way home, which will not be there any more. I would imagine making the move after the bees are flying at night or before the bees fly in the day would be the best method, but then you would be dealing with a house full of bees, and right now, the houses are really really full of bees.
Any theories or past experiences with this uniting of colonies would be greatly appreciated. Come on guys, bring it on!!!! Have a wonderful and excellent day in this excellent life we live. Cindi