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Overwintering double Queen hives?

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Has anyone ever tried this.....

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Yes,

In our experience generally one of the queens won’t make it through to spring.

Although it does depend on how your 2queener is set up.

if the bottom queen is separated from the top by a honey box survival of both queens is good .

if the queens are separated only by an excluder that’s when we have one die , usually the bottom one. 

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Try changing the excluder for a mat with an entrance cut out. Assuming strength is good and they are set up right it should be sweet.

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On 6/03/2019 at 8:02 AM, frazzledfozzle said:

Yes,

In our experience generally one of the queens won’t make it through to spring.

Although it does depend on how your 2queener is set up.

if the bottom queen is separated from the top by a honey box survival of both queens is good .

if the queens are separated only by an excluder that’s when we have one die , usually the bottom one. 

that is about what ive seen as well

I'd slap a div board between them to over-winter

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