Old Hive, New Package

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Mlou, Apr 24, 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? Do I take the fuller honey frames from the second and swap out with the empty from the first frame? And how do I arrange and distribute the frame with honey? They'll probably fill up the bottom super quickly and then I'll top with the second super. 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. ibeelearning

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    You'll get lots of different answers.

    IMO, start with one super. A couple of honey frames on the each of the outsides, followed by a couple of the cleanest drawn on each side, followed by new foundation in the center. Wait until 8 of 10 frames is "involved" and then add the second super with whatever you have that is not nasty.
     

  3. Mlou

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    Thanks...appreciate the response.