First year beekeeper with 3 hives, so I have limited equipment.
Here's what I have - all in double deeps:
- Hive #1: started from nuc in late March. Built up very fast, produced 2 mediums of delicious honey. I would like to produce a few queens from this one
- Hive #2: Started from nuc early April. Built up slower than #1. Filled up both deeps. Re-queened in mid May. No honey.
- Hive #3: Split from Hive #2, using Hive #2 queen. Filled 1 deep only. Weak hive. No honey.
I also have:
4 empty nuc boxes (5 frame deep)
2 empty deep brood boxes
4 empty medium supers
wired foundation - deep and medium
I know I shouldn't expect a new colony to produce honey its first year, but Hive #1 is so much stronger than the other two that I would like to raise a few new queens from it to re-queen my other two hives.
I've studied several of the re-queening methods - but I'm reluctant to do anything to Hive #1 for fear of messing it up. Also, the nectar flow seems to be over and I don't want to overstress the hive.
Any advice on the easiest and safest method? Thanks