In August, we combined two weak nucs. We combined the hives to give them a better chance of surviving the winter.
This is one of the splits that we combined. It was weak because of small hive beetles that overran the hive.
Here are the bees trying to crawl through the opening after we combined the hive. Eventually all the bees orientated to the new hive.
We gave them an upper entrance as well so that the upper box bees would not get too confused.
The newspaper helps prevent the bees from fighting each other. By the time the bees chewed through the newspaper, the bees are used to each other.
The bees got used to each other quickly. They did not grow well, however. More to come in a future blog post.