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Merging Honey 1+2=3??

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After the last inspection of Honey 2 and discovering that the hive didn’t have a functioning Queen, we decided that the best approach was to merge the hive with Honey 1.  Thus making Honey 3 (only kidding).

We thought this would the best way for the remaining Bees to live longer and join they old sisters from Honey 1.  We do our best at KiwiMana to save as many bees as we can.

We employed the Newspaper method, which basically means joining the two hives together with a sheet of newspaper between them, any newspaper will do the bees don’t mind.  We were sceptical that this would work.  But our Beekeeping book said it was foolproof, so we thought we would be ok doing it then.

The theory is that the Bees eat through the paper and by the time they can get through they are used the smell of the new hive, thus don’t attack each other.

I did an inspection of Honey 1 and all was looking good, evidence of new brood so it must have a live Queen.  Added the newspapers on top of the brood and then added the Honey 2, also did the same method to add the super from Honey 1 on top of the Brood from honey 2.

Lets give it a week and see what happens.

Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.
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