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Combining my colonies

Combining my colonies

I have combined my hives: Big Legs is in the freezer, and BLT is left to reign over a combined colony.  Here's a video if the massive tower block effect as I put Big Leg's old colony on top of BLT's.  They're separated by a queen excluder so that BLT stays in the bottom, but her smell will permeate through both boxes, and as Big Legs' 'girls' eat through the newspaper separating them her smell will get stronger and cover them all.  The newspaper slows down the introduction of the 2 colonies to each other, so there should be no fighting by the time they're mingling with each other.  In a few days time I should have a big healthy colony strong enough to get through winter.  I'm already looking forward to next season!

My bees survived winter

My bees survived winter

Decision made: Big Legs goes

Decision made: Big Legs goes

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