need advice, managing for honey
I have been invited to bring bees to work the poplar flow at a friends farm, 20-30 miles away.
I have 2 hives I am considering for this .
Hive "A" is a 10 frame lang, bottom box is medium frames, solid brood.
second layer is a "queen mating apartment" box, 1/2 length shallow frames.
All of the hives food stores are in this queen mating apartment box.
top layer is shallow undrawn foundationless frames.
Hive "B" is 9 frame lang, bottom box is medium frames solid pollen from last fall. looks like some cells have a little mold starting.
2nd layer is shallow frames , 3-4 frames brood, some nectar. top layer is medium , undrawn foundationless frames.
Hive "C" is a nuc/starter I started from a single frame in an 8 frame medium box this spring, queen is laying well, 2 or 3 frames eggs & brood.
I have been feeding hive "C" 2/1 syrup for about a week.
Queens A & B are sisters from last year, Queen C is daughter of Queen A.
I am inclined to combine Hive "B" with Hive "C" for a more productive unit.
I want to recover the queen mating box, take it out of hive "A".
Should I invert hive B ( move brood box to bottom, pollen to middle)?
Could/ should I take pollen from hive "B" & share with hive "A" ?
These hives are light on stores have relatively little nectar. I would like to boost these hives as much as possible, but I do not want to contaminate my honey with syrup.
should I jar feed for just a day? should I take a couple of frames drawn comb, mark them , & squirt as much 2/1 syrup in it as I can & place in hive for stores?
will the bees keep it where I put it, or xfer it through out the hive?
what would happen if I put food coloring in the syrup?
maybe I should take syrup frames from nuc to share with A & B?
Thanks for any comments or advice ... CE
Last edited by tech.35058; Yesterday at 09:28 AM.
Reason: correcting typo's
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.