Thursday, August 13, 2015
I posted this pic to Beemaster and was advised that the abundance of queen cells was a good opportunity to try making laying nucs - tiny hives to raise queens and brood for sale or for backup.
So, I split the hive into 6, with a frame of honey and a frame or so of brood with a queen cell or more in each nuc. One of the 6 was left in the original hive, but reduced down to 1/2 a deep.
Long story short, 4 of the nucs absconded back home. The last one stayed put, but failed to raise the new queen, so I combined it back on the mother hive, who had managed to raise a fabulous new queen and as of last week had brood from stem to stern.
All the hives were contracting and even though the blasted bees haven't touched the bucket feeder I put out a few weeks ago, it's obvious that the flow is over. I put 2:1 sugar/water on every hive.