Just experienced the same thing. Hive 2 at the farm. They were totally crazy last year. Just completed a full inspection yesterday. I was expecting to have to dispatch the queen and amalgamate the workers with another colony. They were a bit feisty, but nothing like last year. I false swarmed the queen to a nuc and will see what happens with her now. I may split her old home and re-queen them later on, if the timing works out right that is!Had a similar colony re temper last year
The company who I have sold the hives and bees to pay me monthly to maintain them - its normally for the Company's "Green Credentials" and honey to distribute to their customers.Why does someone ask another to sort out an apiary.... Unless its your really... Mind boggles... Alot of new names in this forum
Hahaha....that was me yesterday. It was hard work and I swear there was still a buzzing sound hours after, just to compliment the tinnitus I have anyway!Please don’t ask. Started the shenanigans at 10am and finished at 7.30pm.
p.s. Must increase my hive numbers to 5 although did have 6 for a short period of time today.
p.p.s. Does anyone else ever go to sleep with the sound of buzzing in their ears?
I fed the queens that I moved into nucs, but decided that the queenless hives were fine for food.God im not sure, what's the advice? Should I give the new hive with the old queen sugar feed to give them a boost?
I thought I may leave them to sort out their queen just in case I despatch the wrong queen cell, hopefully that'll be the right decision. Trial and errorI fed the queens that I moved into nucs, but decided that the queenless hives were fine for food.
Regarding the queenless hives: The bees will realise that their queen has gone, so will start to draw 'emergency' queen-cells. There may be dozens produced. Some people check the hives around ten days after, looking for sealed q c's. Then they either snuff out all but one or leave a couple to fight it out, or remove them with frames to make more nucs. Personally, I am expanding as much as I can this season, so want as many queen-cells as I can get!