But if she don't make it, he replaces it. Not only that, but he doesn't treat for mites and hasn't for many years. His queens are quite resistant. Not only that, but if you go and pick her up, you will receive a hundred dollars worth of information. You won't find a more knowledgeable or friendlier guy.
You can combine, or you can take a frame of eggs and larva from one or two of the russian hives and add to the weak ones. It will boost their numbers and if they are queenless, they will raise a russian queen.
The newspaper is larger than the hive top. It won't leave a gap. They will be together within a few hours. Most all of the paper will be gone within 24 hours. I slit the paper once, but have never left an upper entrance. Many beeks slit two or three times amd leave an upper entrance. Both seem to work. Do it anytime of the day. The bees will adjust. You can check them the next day if you want.
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