I have a queenless hive. I do not have a frame of brood to put into the hive. My question is can I purchase a package of bees and use the newspaper method to combine the hives? My plan is to put the package on top of the current brood boxes with newspaper between.
What I would do is let the package get established first, at least until the queen has laid some eggs because if you combine the package with the queenless hive, there’s a chance that the bees from the queenless hive might ball & kill the queen after they unite.
Are you in a bee club?, if so, you might find someone willing to sell a frame of brood. Being that you’re in spring, someone might be happy to sell a frame of brood as a swarm management strategy, which will benefit both parties.
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Four of the five reviews were all very positive. The fifth one was a neighbor upset about all the bees flying around & thinks that bees should be banned in neighborhoods.
I looked at the photos in the photo section on the website & it appears that at least one member has a flow hive & looks to be very happy with it.
Thank you so much for your help with my hive. There was a queen present, just not laying. I requeened and Hopefully I’m back on track.
You’re welcome Jessica, it’s great that you were able to find the old queen. You should be back on track now, fingers crossed.