2 of the 3 hives I inherited are doing great. The weak one has a queen but the cluster is tiny (4" diameter circle over 2 frames.) I made a big mistake by moving this hive a week ago about 8 feet away and I lost bees to drift. None of the bees are foraging and there are no eggs, larva, etc...They do seem to be taking and storing the syupr I put above them. They are in a double deep and have about 8 frames of honey total.
Can I shake some bees into this hive to give the queen enough bees to nurse a brood? My mentor is tied up with his own bees right now, but he said the queen probably isn't laying because there isn't a big enough cluster to heat/nurse brood. Would this help? I do feel the 2 strong hives have enough to give at this point.
Environmental note:No dandelions yet. It's been un-seasonably warm the last week, today will be 80, tomorrow will be high 60's. Daffodils, forsythia, star magnolias, red maple and willows are all blooming/budding. The lilacs have squirrel ears (leaf size) and the forcast is for 70's the next 7 days.
I am taking the Cornell apprentice class next weekend with my girlfriend so I will not have a chance to do this for another two more weeks. I'd hate to lose the queen (I think...)