Dear bee believers,
I did a hive merge a few weeks ago with a trader joes paper bag in lieu of newspaper and it seemed to go really well.
Yesterday, I combined a weak and almost certainly queenless hive with my strongest hive. This time I used newspaper, only one sheet. I’m wondering if that led to overly-rapid access between the hives and fighting? Though I didn’t see any fighting on the landing board, I did see the bees bringing out (what seemed to me like) a tremendous amount of dead bees.
UGH. Seems I did something else wrong. Because the queen-right hive had a bottom board screwed to its brood box, I put the ‘queenless’ hive on top. I now understand it should have gone on the bottom - I assume since it’s the one with all the empty cells that would hopefully be filled with brood.
How big of a problem is that?