I have ordered a new queen...and have all the required wooden ware. Since I have 2 hives I had thought about using brood frames from both hives with the accompanying bees. I just wonder about in-fighting. I have read about how to "split" using brood frames from a single hive but I have not seen anything for or against using brood frames from 2 hives....Any suggestions?
I'm not sure I understand this. With brood frames, there wont be any fighting, since there are no adult workers.
Also...what is the rule of thumb concerning hive distances...at the moment mine are about 10 feet apart...I know I have seen pictures of hives inches apart but I wonder about robbing and such...?
You can put them one inch apart if you want. Have you hear of the side by side split? I often do mine that way. Check this out, and feel free to ask more detailed questions. I learned this a couple years ago, and find it very convenient as you don't have to move the splits to another location.http://www.pbase.com/beekeeper/image/28466122
Lastly...what the heck do you do about ants...My hives are on 4 legged stands (Skunk prevention) and I have tried coffee cans half filled with cooking oil but ended up with dead bees not dead ants. I have tried cinnamon as a natural repellent with only a little luck...the bees don't seem to mind them but I don't want to let them (ants) get out of control..?
Spinkle Diazinon around the bottom, or mix 1/3 borax with honey, and use it as bait. Try the archives here:http://listserv.albany.edu:8080/cgi-bin/wa?S1=bee-l