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Offline Bees In Miami

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Forcing workers from combine box to brood box ???
« on: October 28, 2012, 08:44:56 PM »
Hello again.  I apologize for all the dumb questions of late.   :oops:  I did a combine of a queenless cutout hive with a weak but growing swarm colony about a week ago.  My desire is to remove the cut out box.  I inspected the hive today, expecting to find the bees combined into the box with the brood.  Instead, it appears the cut out bees are still working the crap comb from the cutout, which is still broodless.  They have eaten through some of the paper, so I am assuming they are all getting along.  I tried to smoke the bees from the top, essentially trying to force them into the bottom box, but it was useless.  If the comb from the cutout was healthy, I wouldn't be too concerned.  However, it was broodless, and had a large population of hive beetles, so I want to get the nasty comb out of there so I can dispose of it. There is more than enough room for both populations in the bottom brood box.  So, smoke didn't work, and I don't have any Bee Go.  Other ideas please??   Thanks to all in advance! 
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Re: Forcing workers from combine box to brood box ???
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2012, 09:45:03 PM »
Pull each frame and brush off the bees. Remove the top box. If room is needed, put a clean foundation box on.
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Re: Forcing workers from combine box to brood box ???
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2012, 11:24:43 PM »
if you only had a polystyrene hive!

I would close off the entrance.