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Offline OPAVP

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Uniting packages.
« on: April 16, 2013, 11:31:29 AM »
H i friends,
I have a question or two:

I overwintered 5 hives,lost two. Am ordering 2 packages. One of the left over hives is strong,lots of bees.Brood present.
Will it work if I take a couple of frames with bees,spray them with sirup(sugar water),and add them to the hives in which I will install the packages? Spray the packages as well! That way ,will the packages have a bit of a boost to expand faster?

What do you think??
Look forward to hear from you all.
Cor Van Pelt.

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Re: Uniting packages.
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013, 01:32:35 PM »
The packages should be able to make it on their own. It would boast them but it is not necessary.

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Re: Uniting packages.
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2013, 04:02:41 PM »
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Let the big hive make its brood, and when it has a frame, where bees are just emerging, then give it to package hive.
Shake all bees of.

Then you have no danger that bees fight or kill the queen.

One brood frames gives 3 frames bees.

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Re: Uniting packages.
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2013, 09:37:13 PM »
Finsky,good answer.That is what I'll do. New packages arrive next week from New Zealand.
Have a good day.
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Re: Uniting packages.
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2013, 10:39:22 PM »
I would give the bees packages 1 frame of capped brood per hive (no bees) if you have it.



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Re: Uniting packages.
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2013, 12:45:33 AM »
. New packages arrive next week from New Zealand.


Then in summer, change the NZ queens in time. In Finland all ZN colonies do not stand winter.
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