Hi everyone, I hope your beekeeping season has gone well. Mine has been a bit hectic.
Review of the last few months:
- Started with one big hive, split it into two, one did very well, the other one kept killing the queens I put in for them. They have been dubbed the “mean hive”, due to stinging family members constantly.
- The other one was and still is doing amazing, and they’re filling up a second brood box (slowly, because of the dearth). As of yesterday, they are still queenright.
- A few months ago I caught a swarm. It was a little one, so yesterday I fed them and put a frame of brood in it from the booming hive (it was also covered in nurse bees), to boost their population a little bit. The swarm is also queenright.
As for the ‘mean’ hive, I think they are still queenless. Due to a busy schedule, bad weather, and, unfortunately, negligence (* regret intensifies *), I think they now have laying workers. They have had a medium super on top of their single deep all season long, and I put a bee escape yesterday between the two boxes. The medium super is filled with capped honey, and very difficult to lift off. I hoped reducing them to one deep would make them easier to deal with. If they survive, I’ll return their medium super for food. If they don’t, I’ll either extract some of the frames or distribute them to my other hives.
That’s the thing. If they survive. I’ve done research on ways to fix the problem. Today when I take the medium super off, I hope to take a look at the deep frames, but all I saw yesterday was just a ton of capped honey and drones running around their sisters. The bees are still very easily agitated. Do you think I can try and fix the laying worker problem this late in the year? In the next few weeks, we are transitioning from 80 degree weather to the 70s.
(Side note: The swarm is mostly likely Carniolan, so calm I’ve never had to smoke them. The booming hive is Saskatraz, and the mean hive is probably Saskatraz too. Heard of any aggression in this type of bee that would match what the mean hive is like?)
Thanks in advance!