Carniolan bee (Apis mellifera Carnica) in Slovenia

Janez GREGORI

Janez POKLUKAR

Janez MIHELIČ

 

5.2.5.3

Introduction in multiple-storey hives. 

With multiple storey hives with at least two storeys, and the bees flying in through the entrance, getting rid of the old bees is very simple. In fine weather we separate the top storey with some combs of eggs from the lower storey, by means of a double net. Open a hole in the upper storey wand wait for the old bees to fly out. These will return through the main entrance. All the old bees will have flown out by evening and the queen can be introduced without worry. The bees in the lower storey will sense her presence, so the confusion will not be great. The temporary colony in the upper storey must be given liquid food. When the young queen has already sealed the brood, the hive is again organised.

 

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