Re: It isn't what it looks like......
Yeah I guess I didn't mean "fixing" the laying worker hive. A true fix I guess would be to get the hive queenright without any major losses. The big risk of requeening a LW hive is that the bees may not accept the queen, or the LW may kill her, right? But in doing it like this, you aren't introducing a queen to a LW hive, you're making the LW's introduce themselves to a queenright hive, or else die. You're basically combining the LW hive with a queenright hive, but giving the guards at the queenright hive a chance to enforce some discretion. I actually think this is a great idea. It basically serves as combining two hives, but lets nature do the work, instead of the beek having to try the old newspaper trick or whatever.
Originally Posted by beemandan
Nurse bees should be able to fly, they just never have. They have never left the hive, so if displaced from it, they may not find their way back. But they should pick up the scents of other hives, and if they have any will to survive, they'll go find some goodies and join the party. They become like that guy at the frat party that ain't from around these parts, but he's got beer, so he's allowed to stay.
Speaking of recombining a LW hive with a queenright hive, if you have a screen in place, and just set a brood box full of LW's on top of a queenright hive, would that work to make the layers stop, once the queen's pheromone takes over? I know there are all sorts of ideas on how to salvage a LW hive, but this one seems easy enough to me. I know with newspaper the bees will eat it and then join forces, but if they eat it too quick, the LW's could still be doing their thing. I'm thinking screen the top of the queenright brood box, and then add the second brood box of LW's. Give it a week or so for the queen's pheromones to really take over, then pull the screen. Would that work?
One package to 4 hives in 3 months. After 12 months I'm over a dozen hives and growing. Head over heels for bees!!!