I need some help. I went into a hot hive today to requeen it...unsuccessfully. The 5 boxes of bees were so aggressive even with lots of smoke, they stung me all over my suit and gloves. I gave up. It's from a cut out and I bet they are hybridized Euro-African. If all these bees died, I would be okay with it, but I am trying to figure out to salvage what I have.
I didn't find the queen. What I was able to do is split it up:
I separated the boxes into two new hives with the entrances screened shut. These new hives have two boxes of bees each. Screened in. The bees can't get out right now! And that's a good thing.
They all have some honey and brood. Plus there is the original hive with one original brood box and one new box of empty drawn comb. It is open for returning foragers. So I split the bees into three hives. 2 are closed in right now.
My question is what to do next: Assuming I find the queen tomorrow and kill her...
1. Should I combine these boxes with newspaper to my gentle hives?
2. Should I let them create their own queen and hope she mates with my Italians (or requeen later)? How long screened in until they think they are their own hive and not return to the original hive? Note: I cannot move them very far away, only a few feet...
3. Should I keep them screened in for a day or two and then install a new queen? I have one.
4. Or should I kill them? Is there a way to preserve the brood but kill the adult bees organically?
I am open to anything, but I am not working a huge, aggressive hive like that again! At least now they are smaller.