Can I add comb with brood from a cutout to weak hive

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  1. richhitch

    richhitch New Member

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    I am doing a cutout today and wonder if I can take some comb with brood and nurse bee's from the coutout and add it to the weak hive? Will they fight? It would really help.
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Re: Can I add coumb with brood from a cutout to weak hive

    You can add brood anytime with no problem. House bees attached will fight less than older bees, but may have some fighting. If too many are added without preventive measures, they could possibly kill your queen.

    Mix some 1 to 1 sugar water and add a few drops of essential oil. "wintergreen, lemongrass, or similar". Even vanilla extract will work. Don't use almond extract. It smells like bee-quick and may cause all the bees to leave. Spray both the hive bees and the cut out bees. This will mask the hive scent and they will accept the strangers by the time it wears off.
     

  3. BeeHunter

    BeeHunter New Member

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    Regarding "adding comb" from a cutout. Does anyong have any trick keeping smaller comb from cutouts on the top bar?
    My last cutout I banded some into the frames but it fell to the bottom of the frames. Once the bees ate through the rubber bands they didnt have enough support to stay upright. Now I have 5-6 frames w/ fallen comb in my deep :x
     
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    Charles New Member

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  5. BeeHunter

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    I can see that would bee sturdier than rubber bands yes thx