Hi guys, so after transferring my nuc to the brood box 6 weeks ago and having two great inspections with lots of brood in the first plus good comb and honey growth, and then an increase in the population and comb and honey two weeks later, as some of you pointed out, there is hardly any brood. Today I had an experienced beekeeper with me to confirm what many of you suspected… I seem to have lost my queen and there is literally no brood… a new queen is on the way. However…
During the inspection, the guy helping me turned a foundation less frame, heavy with honey a little on its side and all the honey comb fell out. He didn’t seem perturbed but I was gutted - both at the mess, the loss and disturbance to the bees. Maybe I’m being too precious but it all seemed heavy handed and rushed whereas I am usually slow and gentle as I’ve been told I should be.
Anyway, he insisted the right thing to do was to put the comb on the lid of the brood box under the roof so the bees can access it through the hole, and he also said the bees will clean up all the spilt honey… After the inspection, the front of the hive was literally covered in bees and this was at about 5pm. (see 1st photo) By 10pm, many of them are still outside and it is a chilly and drizzly evening.(see 2nd photo) The bees seem to be unable to get back in the hive through the normal entrance. I’ve checked there is nothing blocking their entrance and even when I gently ran a hive tool across the opening and many went in, they immediately came out again.
Has anyone experienced this before and what should I do to help them get back in. I’ve covered the hive with a tarp tonight to reduce the cold for them but I’m worried…Thanks for any/all suggestions and thoughts.