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Merging a TBH Nuc with queen into a TBH with a queen

 
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dpepper
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:37 am    Post subject: Merging a TBH Nuc with queen into a TBH with a queen Reply with quote

Background: my equipment is:
TBH1
TBH2
Warre 1
Nuc 1 (Same dimensions and shape as the TBHs)

About 3 weeks ago one of my very useful neighbors captured a swarm from one of my hives while I was out of town, and I told him to put it into Nuc1, which was empty. Now, I would like to add those bees to a smaller colony in TBH2. Since I presume that both the NUC1 and TBH2 have queens, how would I go about adding the bars from the NUC1 into the TBH2? Do I let the queens fight it out, do I try to find one and snuff it? I can't let the NUC1 continue much longer without it becoming overcrowded.

I wouldn't mind adding them to the Warre, which is a bit weak, but would require chopping, so I would prefer to add them to the identically dimensioned TBH2.

Thanks,
Daniel
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you need to manually remove one of the queens first, check both hives and see which one is laying the best, then find the other and remove her, I personally wouldn't squish her, I'd make up another small nuc with her, queens are always good to keep, as you never know when your going to need one

leave the newly queen less hive alone for a week, remove any queen cells that get built, then do a paper marriage,
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