I have 4 hives from packages installed this May.
1 hive is 2 deep brood boxes in strength.
2 hives are 1 deep brood box and about ¼ of a medium brood box filled out.
I have been feeding all hives 1:1 all summer.
The last hive had only 3 of 8 frames filled out with wax by the end of July with very little
Capped brood, no Eggs or larva, and no stores. I requeened the hive. She was rejected.
I introduced another queen a week later and she was accepted.
I made an inspection last Saturday. Maybe 25% of 1 frame has capped brood, eggs and larva.
There are still no stores in the hive even though I have been feeding. The other hives are robbing
The week hive blind and I cannot stop it, save moving them. I have reduced the entrance to a ½ in
Opening and placed a screen in front and to one side of the entrance.
Since last weeks inspection the queen has tried to leave the hive 2 times. She’s clipped so she does not get far.
I’ve reinstalled her in the hive both times. She only has about ½ cup of workers with her.
I am into the package and queens for $105 + equip + feed.
Is there anyway I can save this pitiful hive?
Do I put the queen down or can she be saved until next year?