If I have a declining failed package hive that may have a laying worker and I have a struggling small nuc with a laying queen, can I put the nuc in the same location as the failed hive, and then shake out the failed hive far away so that the non laying workers can return and hopefully boost the nuc? Would I still have to do a newspaper combine in this instance?
I had this problem about 3 weeks ago. One hive had a laying worker and I tried relentlessly to re-queen it! But the numbers just started dwindling. I had a another hive that was limping along with a queen that was laying very little. The next inspection, I couldn't find any eggs and almost all of the brood had hatched and I couldn't find the queen. I decided to do a newspaper combine of the two hives and re-queened the next day. I put her in the top box with the bees that had just went queen-less. (It took them about 4 days to release her
) I didn't open the hive for about 10 days and kept my fingers crossed. I checked again. All the bees had merged and I found eggs and capped brood.
I'm still learning so you may want to take my 2 cents with a grain of salt. But it worked for me....this time
I don't keep bees as much as they keep me...broke, hot, sticky and stung up! But I love it!