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Using a nuc to fill a Warre hive

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New Bee

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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 7:47 pm    Post subject: Using a nuc to fill a Warre hive Reply with quote

I was having a hard time locating a resource for a package of bees for my Warre hive and ended up getting a 4 frame nuc. I didn't feel that I was experienced enough to cut the comb from the frames and fix them onto the bars so i took another beekeeper suggestion and swept the bees from the frames into the hive. I did this last night. I believe I was able to get the queen into the hive because the bees are going in and out of the hive and seem to be staying. But I wasn't able to get all of the bees off of the frames and since there seemed to be quite a few I left the frames out by the new hive over night and today so that the bees could migrate into the hive. But they seem to be sticking with the frames and not moving into the hive. Should I try to sweep them into the hive tonight and then move the frames away from the hive even if it still has a few bees hanging on? Should I expect that they will not all go into the hive? I am the only one in my area that has a Warre hive so no one is quite sure what I should do. Any advice would be great!!
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a massive deal for the bees. You have sacrificed all of their brood and they are desperately trying to save them. Coming out of winter this is a viable transfer method but this late on they have a lot of brood.

If you use a goose feather or a hand full of grass you can brush them all off at the entrance. The brood will be too chilled for it to be any good to them now anyway. Move the brood frame away and perhaps put them in the freezer and give them to a beekeeper using frames.

They are a few ways in which you can get bees from frames into a warré here is one:

best of luck
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