15804Re: Advie on weak hime
- Jul 5, 2011Mike,
It's so late in the season that only a nuc transfer would work, but it sounds like you've got a weak queen as well. That happens with packaged hives. It happened to me twice. I thought I was a failure until a friend gifted me with a wild colony and my fortunes have since reversed.
It sounds like you need a new queen and a nuc transfer and even that may not do it. It's July my friend. This is when pollen sources begin to dry up. Best of luck to you.
--- In Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, Nick Holmes <wwwcight@...> wrote:
> might like to look at why the hive is dwindling... varroa? disease?
> are they starving due to the 'june gap'? I had a starving hive right by a
> healthy hive and they picked right up when I gave them light syrup (1lb
> sugar to 1 pint water)
> was the queen fertilized when you requeened or a virgin?
> to boost numbers in the short term you could take a frame of capped brood
> from the strong hive and put it in the weak hive. I would not swap a frame
> from weak to the strong one though incase it is disease.
> You could take some bees on the frame too, if you icing sugared the bees
> well on there first, to disguise the smell of the queen otherwise they will
> fight when you put them in.
> On 4 July 2011 02:24, sherill lockwood <sherillynn@...> wrote:
> > **
> > Do you see any capped brood? Or eggs? If neither are present, you can do
> > one of three things.
> > 1- You can order a new queen
> > 2- You can take a frame of eggs and larvae from your strongest hive and let
> > them make their own queen. This will take a while and if the hive is already
> > dwindling, and potentially they will die out before there is brood hatching
> > 3- You can add the bees that you have in the weak hive to one of your other
> > hives using the newspaper method. This will at least make use of them and
> > not waste them.
> > Hope this helps.
> > Sherill
> > *From:* Michael Zaiontz <mzaiontz@...>
> > *To:* firstname.lastname@example.org
> > *Sent:* Sunday, July 3, 2011 7:37 PM
> > *Subject:* [Beekeeping] Advie on weak hime
> > I am a beginner beekeeper. I have 3 hives. 2 are packaged and one has been
> > removed from a house. One of the packaged hives and the hive that was
> > removes are doing very well and are very strong in terms of the number of
> > bees. The other packaged hive appears to be dwindling. It has re-queered,
> > but activity is at a minimum. I am feed the weak hive but I thing things
> > are at an end.
> > Does anyone have any advice?
> > Thanks,
> > Mike in Louisiana
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