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Merging two langstroths


#1

Matt,

Thank you for helping us yesterday when we picked up our first Warre hive from you. You gave us advice regarding merging a one box langstroth which I used last month to capture a cast swarm, onto an existing langstroth with a combination of foundation and foundation-less frames. We decided not to hunt for and kill a queen, but let the bees take care of it themselves. My question: would you use the newspaper technique between the two hives to delay fusion and perhaps decrease causalities and conflict? Or any other suggestion?

Again, thanks.


#2

D,

It would depend on how many bees are in the hive your merging with the stronger one. If it’s only a couple frames of bees, I would probably just give them a couple puffs of smoke and then move the frames. If it’s relatively full, then I’d do a newspaper combine. I usually use 1 sheet of newspaper, wet it and cut some slits in it.

Best,

Matt