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Offline ConfedMarine

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Boosting a newly hived packaged colony
« on: April 19, 2006, 12:12:29 PM »
Is there a problem if I add a 9 5/8" frame or two of brood/pollen/bees to a newly hived packaged colony to boost drawn comb and hive population? If I can, should it be done before the queen is released or does it matter? I have one hive that would not be fazed if they lost a frame or two. I did this with two hives established by swarms with no problems.
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Boosting a newly hived packaged colony
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2006, 03:57:46 PM »
>Is there a problem if I add a 9 5/8" frame or two of brood/pollen/bees to a newly hived packaged colony to boost drawn comb and hive population?

If you shake off the bees it isn't a problem.  If you don't it might be.  They might fight.

> If I can, should it be done before the queen is released or does it matter?

If you leave the bees on the frame, I'd do it before.

> I have one hive that would not be fazed if they lost a frame or two. I did this with two hives established by swarms with no problems.

Packages generally take off really well anyway.
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Offline ConfedMarine

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2006, 08:57:16 AM »
Mike,
Thanks for  your input.
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