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Author Topic: How to combine a swarm with a TBH.  (Read 862 times)
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« on: May 17, 2009, 09:21:04 AM »

Does anyone have any experience or advice with regard to combining a swarm with an existing top bar hive?  I have a VERY small colony in a TBH and I thought that if I could catch a swarm, I could give them a boost.  Thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2009, 06:52:32 PM »

Unless the swarm is queenless, I dont think you can do this as the bee's would attack each other?  In the very least one queen would probably kill the other.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2009, 08:26:27 PM »

If I catch a swarm, I was planning on pinching the queen that comes with it.  My TBH has a small number of bees right now.  I was hoping to augment them with swarm - but am not sure how to combine.  I was thinking about building a screened follower board - housing the swarm 'behind' the existing hive and feeding it syrup.  The hive can forage (things are starting to flow here). 
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