Uniting BeesUniting bees is just about joining more than one colony of bees together to form a stronger one for a special purpose. Uniting bees is a very simple concept but one that is rarely used or necessary in the development beekeeping context. However, occasionally a beekeeper may find that by uniting several stocks of bees they can have a good honey producing colony instead of two small ones that may abscond or die out because they are small.
Why should the beekeeper unite bees?The most important reasons are:
- The colonies are very small or weak
- One of the colonies has lost its queen
- There have been lots of swarms and the swarms are very small so may not be productive for this harvest
- The beekeeper wants to try rearing queens and wants to build up strong colonies
- The colonies need feeding or treating and it is cheaper to do this with a smaller number of colonies that can be divided when they are strong enough.
- The beekeeper might want to make nucleus hives from more than one colony to reduce the weakening effect this has on each colony