Hi and thanks in advance for the help -
Today I went out onto my deck where my hives are thinking it would be a good idea to move an old deep sitting on its end facing a hive that I moved into medium boxes.
I picked up the deep and carried it about 6 feet when I thought it seemed heavy - looked down and there are at least 5 frames of bees. I set the box down like it's supposed to be set, looked back where it was, and there are bees circling looking for "their" hive....so in a new beekeeper panic, I picked the deep back up and moved it back and set it on its side, like I thought it had been.
When I got back inside I noticed that I had set it on its side in such a way that the frames all were falling on top of each other - I'm sure bees died and maybe the queen died or was injured, assuming a queen was there.
I had to leave it because I was Granny-nannying my 11 month old grandson and couldn't leave him to do anything more.
I just went out to the deck, set the surprise swarm deep in its proper orientation on a stand and put a piece of plastic on for a roof until I get one. I noticed a ball of bees on the ground. I separated the ball and a queen was in the center. Don't know if she died or I saved her or if she were injured or if she even was associated with this hive (although they were right between this and another hive).
Any advice? I feel like my panic messed up everything. I do have a couple of other hives doing well with brood in deeps so I could add a frame or two of brood from other hives - if I do that, when do I do that?
And I need to move the hive - it's not in a location where I will be able to work it without being in the way of two other hives.
Help - all advice appreciated.
Linda T in Atlanta