A friend of mine who happens to be a beekeeper asked me a question, and I didn't know what to answer him.
He has 3 hives that he works in a two queen system, and 2 others that are standard. All of these 5 hives are pretty strong. They all had some foundation to build (about the same for all), and have been fed earlier this season.
Here, as in other places too -for what I can read -, it has been raining 23 days out of 31 in July, our honeyflow month. So I believe the honey yield (?) won't be great.
My friend inspected his hives today to find the two standard one with one super each filled with 3/4 capped honey frames, wich is good. But the 3 2-queens hives haven't filled a super at all. The only honey he can see is the one normally present around the brood in the brood nest.
How come those 3 hives who appears to be as strong as the others can't produce honey? Can it be because of his two queen system? He used a Snelgrove board for the first few weeks, than took it off. The two queens are still there -he saw them- but the only entrance is the bottom one. Can it be because of that ? All the bees have to go down in the bottom brood nest to get out and get in...
Your thoughts ?