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Author Topic: Warre hive experiences  (Read 23346 times)
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« Reply #60 on: March 26, 2009, 03:05:58 PM »

I have a question about transferring two Langstroth hives (just the bees) to two Warre hives.  What is the best way (by experience) to do this.  Incidently, the Langstroth hives are coming from a commercial gentleman who pollinates the almond groves in California.  Probably quite stressed.

First, I've read where a gentleman built an adapter atop the Warre hive to fit the Langstroth on top.  Preliminary results seemed slow but the brood was saved. 

I am wondering if the brood contains Varroa mites, would I want the brood in the Warre hive?  I'm leaning towards the shakedown, as others have advised. Also,  should the transfer take place immediately after bringing them home, or allow the bees to settle down a day or a few days before transferring?

What say you folks?

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« Reply #61 on: March 26, 2009, 05:01:28 PM »

Just speaking from my experience, I did the adapter board method.  Yes it is slower, but less stressful on the bees and you don't have that month of decline you get with the shake.

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