Today we had to eliminate a very mean hive. The result was several frames that were a mix of brood and honey. We decided to upcap the honey portion of the frame in the assumption that the girls would use that. I have frequently allowed them to clean up “wet frames” after extraction and they have done a great job, going instantly to them.
But, in this instance, with live brood still in part of the frame, they are completely ignoring the honey. On my strongest hive, they are paying a great deal of attention to the brood, but also ignoring the honey.
What the heck is going on? The only thought I can come up with is that since this is fresh brood, their instinct is to protect it…hence the interest. But one frame has no brood on one side at all, and they are still ignoring the honey. I have these frames propped up against the hives, as is my usual practice. I did not put them inside nor do I want to, because of the genetics of the brood, which I would like to kill off.
I’m in California