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DaveP

New Beekeeper - Hive uniting

This is my first full year keeping bees and I feel that I am still on a very steep learning curve. I am looking to unite two of my colonies, the first is weak and the second strong with lots of bees and a young queen. I have read up on the 'newspaper method' of uniting and it seems clear enough for a beeginner. My question is simply that after uniting I end up with two brood chambers full of bees, how do I then get all the bees into one chamber that I can then prepare for the winter?

DaveP
kaz

Welcome to the forum Dave
I am sure that someone will be along soon who can answer your question
Jim

When you unite 2 hives in the autumn you would not have 11 brood frames with brood but 4-5 the rest would have been filled with honey as the queen would have stopped laying
Ive never had the need to unite hives so i cant speak from experience but i think thats the case.
Then the drawn brood frames could be used in spring when you split or obtain another colony.
If you have a very strong hive why upset them by introducing other bees you could take a frame of brood from the strong hive and swap it with a frame from the weak hive and keep them fed you may get through the winter with 2 hives as opposed to one winter is still away off and they could build themselves up  by then
My advice may not be correct to some but i think thats the way id go with mine
And a very warm welcome to you  
green man

Sounds like good advice to me, you never know you could introduce a virus to your strong hive, good luck with what ever you decide, they are all very precious these days.
beeman

Don't forget, if you do decide to unite, that the two hives need to be next to each other, ie side by side. If they are not, then you need to move the weaker hive bit by bit, no more than 18" per day untill they are. You then need to take the weaker queen away,and arrange the two hives so that the queen right colony is on top, having put a sheet of newspaper with a few pin sized holes made in it, between the two hives. This is normally done in the evening, by morning you should see chewed paper outside the hive. It's best not to open the hives up for a week after this procedure.When any brood has hatched in the bottom brood box you can then take it away and store the combs, away from wax moth, for use again next year.

Good luck, which ever route you decide to take.

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