I ghave seven hives in my backyard with about 10 feet spacing between them. My hive No. 5 was weaker than the rest because of a poor-laying queen and I was not sure if it would make it through the winter. Yesterday, and this morning, there was a frenzy of robbing with bees all over the hive and going in and out. There is also a lot of active at hive No. 4 next to it. No. 4 is a very strong hive.
I tried to smoke No. 5 heavily yesterday afternoon, but it really did not stop much of the activity. I did add an entrance reducer. I checked at 8:00 this morning and the robbing has already started.
Is there anyway to stop it? Should I assume the queen and bees in the hive have been killed already or are the other bees just stealing honey and not attacking the bees in the hive? What should I try with the stronger hive No. 4 so I do not lose it?
Thanks for any help? - Jim