Welcome, Guest

Author Topic: Uniting, Queen on top or bottom?  (Read 611 times)

Offline v8landy

  • New Bee
  • *
  • Posts: 5
Uniting, Queen on top or bottom?
« on: July 29, 2008, 12:03:37 PM »
Having sold off a lot of my hives I am now consolodating hives for the winter.

I am currently left with one 5 frame nuc with a queen which is not yet laying (only just seen her today)

And 1 11 frame brood which is queen less.

My plan was to put a couple of sheets of news paper on top of the 11 frames (queen less), then transfer the 5 frames from the nuc to a spare brrod body and place above the new paper.

BUT am I better waiting to do this untill the queen is seen to be laying (i.e she might not be mated yet?

How long do I leave it before removing what is left of the news paper, and then moving around frames to give me just 11 an eleven fram single brood.

Offline Michael Bush

  • Universal Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 14780
  • Gender: Male
    • bushfarms.com
Re: Uniting, Queen on top or bottom?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008, 08:08:19 PM »
I would just put them together and smoke them a bit.  The queenless half will be happy to find a queen.  The nuc will be happy to find a workforce.
Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm en espanol: bushfarms.com/es_bees.htm  auf deutsche: bushfarms.com/de_bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen

 

anything