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Offline Dave360

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combining for the flow
« on: April 08, 2011, 10:09:49 PM »
I have read that 1 large colony will collect make more honey than 2 smaller colonies but I haven't read of combining colonies for harvest

 I was thinking about pulling queen and frame of bees and brood putting in nuc box and combining remaining bees just for flow (short here) and then splitting again .

anyone have any thoughts experiences on this ?



Offline Finski

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Re: combining for the flow
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2011, 01:50:04 AM »
I have several decades experince.

I try to get big hives, 6-8 boxes. If they are not, I combine them for mainflow.
But after swarming.

What you say is good.
 Take the queen off and juss pile two hives together. No papers or other tricks.
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Re: combining for the flow
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2011, 06:54:47 AM »
Here's a way to end up with the same number of hives and one that will make a bumper crop:
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Offline Jim 134

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Re: combining for the flow
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2011, 07:13:10 AM »

Michael Bush http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm#cutdowncombine
<no queen and one frame with some eggs and open brood (so they will raise a new one) into one hive in the middle of the old locations so all the returning field bees come back to the one hive.>

   I have do this and it work well for me.

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