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Bluetractorman 

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Almost certain a colony is Q'less. I would normally use a test frame but the time of year means no obvious frames to use. I could do it but the loss of a frame now would seem a greater theft than earlier in the year. How best then to be sure a colony is queenless before uniting?
 

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You could always use a test frame, then put it back to where you took it from.
 

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Why would this time of year mean no obvious frames to use? You have other colonies, they’ll have brood
well I could. I just found that the amount of eggs in those other colonies was far less than earlier in the year and felt that their removal would have a more adverse impact than earlier. Guynir has a good point though, that sounds a good route.
 

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well I could. I just found that the amount of eggs in those other colonies was far less than earlier in the year and felt that their removal would have a more adverse impact than earlier. Guynir has a good point though, that sounds a good route.
You don’t have to take a full frame, something from the edge of brood area. Failing that cut a couple of inches of comb out with eggs/larvae. You can cut a corresponding hole or place on top bars.
 

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One of the reasons I like to keep a couple of nuc's to take thru winter as insurance. Even now uniting one and still have one to spare. Other wise just unite two colonies and make increase come spring.
 

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