Despite keeping the AC on, the bees blocked the vent and overheated. Just mounds of dead bees, it was really disheartening. I had two nucs and the other colony had a much smaller loss.
I installed both and hoped for the best. I was worried both hives lost their queen during transport. A few days later the weak hive is almost a ghost town and I could not find the queen. It also looks like a lot of the brood died. The other hive is comparatively packed with bees all busy working, it too lost some brood but not as much it seems. That said I can’t find any fresh eggs or locate the queen in either. I sat and looked for nearly half an hour in the strong hive(so few bees in the weak one it’s easy to go through).
There are a few possible situations I have
- Strong and weak hive both have queens, I just suck at finding her and the weak hive just isn’t recovering.
- Strong hive has a queen and I just suck at finding her. Weak hive is queenless and will been done soon.
- Both are queenless, Strong hive cannot make a new queen because viable eggs died during transit. Weak hive in the same boat and it’s only a matter of time before I lose everything.
I guess my question is where do I go from here?
My gut is to to count the weak hive as a loss and start fresh with that one while leaving the strong hive to continue and assume I just suck at finding queens.