New Package in Old Hive

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Mlou, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. Mlou

    Mlou New Member

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    I cleaned up my hive today preparing for a new package of bees...about 1/3 of the frames have honey from the last colony that died this winter. So my question is when I introduce the new colony, do I start with one super? Or keep the two on? How do I arrange and distribute the frame with honey? All in the bottom super or evenly between the two supers? Lots of comb built out from the previous colony but I notice a few are dark combs with some dead brood. I'll replace those with fresh frames. Thanks for the insight.
     
  2. camero7

    camero7 Member

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    Those bees will clean up that dark comb and love it. Queen will lay in it better and bees will be fine. Use one box to start and put a couple of honey frames to each side [assuming it is a 10 frame box] then put the drawn comb in the center. Bees will remove that dead brood -