Let’s Play “What-if:”
I have three hives that are approximately 20 months old. Two of the hives are in one 10 frame deep topped with one 10 frame medium. The other hive is in a 10 frame deep and two ten frame medium boxes. All of the hives are full of brood and honey. Back on November 22, I noticed several dead bees below the entrances of two of the hives (probably 200 or more bees). Due to a severely stressed knee, I could not do an inspection. Four days later I had total knee replacement of my left knee. My bees are on a ranch some two hours from my home, and I have not seen the bees since November 22. The surgery and rehabilitation on my knee has gone very well. I anticipate seeing my bees again on December 27, and at that time, I think I will be able to at least look inside the hives. I won’t be able to remove hive boxes and do a full inspection. So, now comes the “what-if.”
What if I find a dead out on one or more of the hives? Do I take the brood and honey frames and store them in my deep freeze until next spring? If so, can I place the frames back into the hive bodies and add a nuc or a package of bees to them? I realize if I order a package I could just dump them into the hive bodies, but how would I install a five frame nuc if I went that route?
My knee is going to be perfect, but at 73 years of age I am a slow healer. I now have 108 degrees of movement in my knee some 26 days after the surgery. My physical trainer says that is wonderful. I am thinking that by January 15, I will be released to do whatever I wish.
One final bit of information, these bees have been treatment free.