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Offline ifixoldhouses

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Small winter cluster
« on: January 14, 2020, 06:41:21 am »
Trying to get opinions on what I should do with these two weak hives, they were split in July, and fed good, and treated like crazy for mites.
Made with mail order Saskatraz queens, I'm thinking they keep a small cluster because they are Saskatraz, or the queen wasn't mated good.
check out the video see what you think:

What would you do:
A: leave em be
B: Combine the two of them in a nuc, feed pollen patties, syrup maybe?
C: take off the top super
D: put them in a 2 frame box

Thanks, Thursday will be the next day I could do anything with them.
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Offline cao

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Re: Small winter cluster
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2020, 11:37:00 am »
I would reduce them to one box and let them be.  This time of the year I tend to let the bees be bees. 

p.s.

It's nice to see kids getting involved with there parents hobbies(especially beekeeping).  Good bonding time. :happy:

Offline ifixoldhouses

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Re: Small winter cluster
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2020, 07:58:08 am »
I combined them in a nuc with one queen
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