howdy folks, i have a few question, i have 16, hives total, and over the winter i have lost 9, and one of my best. this leaves me with 7 hives.
Question #1, is it possable to get these hives started again, and still get a harvest from them, they have drawn out comb, in both deeps.live in illinois, 100 miles west of chicago.
Question#2, because i'm on disability income, i have very little cash to work with and spend my foodstamp on sugar for me bees,m often eating from my garden and veneson and been hungry a few times. is it possable to buy a 3 pound package and an extra queen, basicly split a package into, two different hives,two differnt queens, would this low # of starter bees jepordize any production, ive come to realize to never expect a harvest the first year, but have seen two supers come out of a package 1st year.
last year i did a lot of experiments to try n save money in the future, i tried cutting wax foundation into 1 inch starter strips, then wrote in the frames with an ink pen what each frame had, i did the strips with, and some without the support wires, the end result was everything looked beutifully done. i realize it takes a lot of pounds of honey to equal a pound of wax. thankfully this year i have all drawn out comb, however ,this year i am going to experiment , am going to melt my cappings wax and poor it into the sawblade channel where the foundation sits into, thinking the bees will build off that.
i had mice break into one of my hives, bees dead, 7 real fat honey feed mice jumped out, i managed to kill 6 of them the seventh one went right into a live hive, thinkin the bees should take care of him.
QUESTION do i need to DISINFECT this hive somehow, because of mouse urine and fecese ????????? and what can be used??? vinigar perhaps??
im just trying to figure out the best way to go here and still get some production, i dont have a credit card, and about 600 cash to play with and have 9 hives to build up again.
QUESTION, if i just bought queens, would i have enough of my own bees out of the seven hives to start the 9 empty ones by just adding queens and a few bees. but if i go this route, will it hurt ant production.
i sure sound greedy here somewhat, i bewen broke for the last three years, saving cans, finding used lumber, even made 200 frames out of my nieghbors scrap wood pile, right now i am going to move because i cant afford rent and bees too so one had to go, i chose the bees over my house i rent , i am moving into a camping trailor this summer so i can afford to save my money and get bees going, and also use my honey sales to try and buy me a piece of land somewhere and build a small cabin to live in, and solar electricity pannels , just killing me financialy to try and servive anymore, cant make it on a fixed income and the honey bees are my ticket , something i can do and still have to pay out for grunt work but thats only a few times a year cause i,m still small, the kids love helping too. anyways, i know im asking a lot from you folks and every bit of knowledge you can share , will be greatly charished and never forgotten