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New Bee
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« on: May 01, 2013, 08:43:03 PM »

What is the best way to combine smaller numbers of frames into a 10 frame box? I realize that the newspaper combine is suggested for merging 2 colonies. What if one only wishes to combine 2...3...perhaps 4 frames of bees to a stronger colony? What is the best way to prevent conflict? Thank you very much.
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2013, 09:25:51 PM »

I'm sure you'll hear different opinions, but what I do is smoke the snot outta them and transfer the frames. Don't have time for anything else.


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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 09:26:04 PM »

A piece of newspaper will go between frames too.  Try to off the queen of the weak colony you are combining.  Put  five drops of vanilla extract and a couple big spoons of sugar in a cup of water and put it in an empty windex sprayer and make them all smell alike and the newspaper isn't really neccessary.  
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2013, 01:13:22 AM »

More good information from both of you guys. Thanks

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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2013, 07:06:32 AM »

Spray hive and frame with vanilla add to your Surup

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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013, 09:22:50 AM »

Two weak hives are usually happy to see some help, but some confusion is helpful.  A lot of smoke makes confusion...

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