John, as Dawn mentioned … Good decision !
I just cruised thru my hives yesterday with my friend Danny who is my mentor. I appreciated his time as he is professor n head of a local beekeeping program n research.
I’ve worked with Danny off/on all this season n learned much from his expertise n experience. He basicly has followed my journey on F.B. n chats during our working together in a joint friends 7 beeyards. But this was his first actual onsite visit to my small apiary.
Of my five hives … One, Pine Hive, has lost its Queen but unsuccessful tried its requeening as we found plenty of honey, nectar n pollen resources plus multiple "supercedual cell (open) but no queen n limited work force still working. It numbers are too small to warranty combining. He adviced using to abundance of honey resources to shore-up/build-up two hives that are okay but could use the extra frames n store the rest in a freezer for a future need. I don’t look at this hive “Die-Out” as a loss. I have used the strong resources of this colony to requeen two hives this first season as well as steal a good honey supply for my current late season 5 frame Nuc.
Wow, I’m so pleased with my first season back into beekeeping after 55 years. It’s been a quick learning curve with all the new bugs, critters n procedures in a complicated new Bee World. Now just getting the other four healthy hives secure n ready for our long damp cool winter !! I’m going to order a couple Nuc’s for the coming Spring 2017. That way I can fire up My Pine Hive again next season… And if no further losses use the second Nuc for a Nuc Tower/Resource hive.
Wishing you success n good luck Bro.