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Grant
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« on: July 02, 2005, 10:12:14 AM »

I have collected two swarms this summer both are small and do not think they will be able to collect enought honey to get them though the winter alone.

 If I add them together shounld I open the hives and kill one queen or let nature take its course and let them fight it out and the strongest survive.
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thegolfpsycho
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2005, 11:29:14 AM »

Do either of them exhibit any qualities you want to keep??  Good brood pattern? Gentle? More wax than a swarm normally draws?  One colony gathering more nectar than the other?  

I believe there is still time if you could give them each a couple frames of sealed brood.  It's amazing the difference a couple pounds of bees can make.
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Grant
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2005, 01:17:58 PM »

The one swarm I clollected early in the spring and have not been in them for some time . But they did raised a new queen to repalce the one in the swarm . She was not laying a good pattern and the bees were not happy campers. The swarm I collected last night Is about a football size and there is the catch Iam not sure if they can collect enough honey to survive the winter.
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