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Bugfan 

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Hi again

Am I doing the right thing?

My second colony seems to be rather weak! The queen is present and given the right conditions the bees are flying and returning with pollen.

There are far fewer bees in this colony that my other and there is a small patch of brood (fist sized) on maybe three frames.

I am continuing to feed this colony but they seem reluctant to take it, with only two or three bees in the feeder at any given time. Is there any way of encouraging them to take the feed provided.

I plan to leave this colony to their own devices with as little disturbance as possible for another month or so, and if still weak I plan to re-queen.

Should i subsidise this weaker colony with brood from the stronger hive, and also how long should I continue to feed them?

Thanks once again:confused:
 

Finman 

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Feeding does not help the tiny colony. It only stuck the brood area.

First, you should diminish the box only for those frames which bees occupye.

If brood frames have much food, take other food frames off and give an empty frame instead.
Give a frame of emerging brood from bigger hiver.

Stuck the mesh floor and keep entrance small.

Then look, what happens.
 

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