Will go with the v. dilute syrup spray - just didnt want to get them sticky and give them problems - but v. light should be ok.
Will do tomorrow P.H. - if this miserable weather picks up - v chilly again after temps of 20-22. Spray of water not nice on cold day!! -
Oh do I spoil my bees - I hear you say -
Do I put queen right above or below the queenless colony. I am sure queen below, but the queenless is much bigger and heavy to hoick up ontop another brood- does it really matter if I am doing a newspaper join up?
It doesn't really matter whether the queen is top or bottom if you are using newspaper to unite. If you intend removing one brood box after they have united leave them for a week. Then make sure the queen is in the bottom brood Qx then brood to be removed - once all brood has emerged, clearer board and remove. Good luck, Mike
Hi Heather me darlinks.
if you would like to come and help shaking our bees into 3 pound package bees for sale next year about 1st week MAY.
you will see how its done and what we use.
We have a lot of orders already and have been having to make up new breeder boxs we hope to keep the price the about the same.
This year was the first time we tryed it we made up 400 and sold the lot.
all the best mike
I, with the help of Polyanwood, successfully combined three small colonys using icing sugar.
The two queenless colonys were dusted and the frames mixed in the lower box and the QR colony on top with another dusting on the frames but keeping them in the same order. There were a lot of white bees in the air when it was done but no fighting. I looked at them last week and all was well.
Now, thinking logically about this. Does queen pheromone rise or fall?
Warm air tends to rise so I think I might generally unite with Queenless on top, some top ventilation and expect they all smell the same by the time they have read the newspaper and chewed it up.
This year was icing sugar. Works just as well.
Alternatively if I am moving a colony (3 mile rule) and uniting it would be dropped on the other one (less mesing around), so either way.
At least on this one you will only get 2 direct answers but there may be loads of different reasons why. I simply take each event on it's merits.