Last friday in a windstorm, what had been my strongest hive took a big tumble, end oer end and then rolled once:
it was ratcheted together and that held, and within a few hours we had it back in place. I had one quick look in the top as we straightened it out and re-ratcheted...looked OK. Sunday could hear buzzing inside...great. Then we headed out of town for the holiday and just got back this afternoon.
There is a small pool of honey dripping out the entrance and some honey weeping out of the seem between the 1st and second box on the side it was lying on. Not all that much all things considered maybe a cup or so possibly less(hard to judge)...but honey doesn't flow so quick at the 4-20 degree temps like the last few days. And I suspect there is more to come
I am trying to decide what if anything to do. It seems to me the die is somewhat cast, and there isn't much I can attempt without just making things worse at this time of year and with these temps. Even if we got a warm spell in the low 40's It seems a bad idea to try "fixing" whatever is smashed up. But I am pretty new to this and thought I would ask for thoughts on the matter.
The only thing I am considering is the bottom board and the slatted rack...which must be a sticky mess. Are they going to become a liability (trapping bees) on the warm days when the bees take cleansing flights? Or if it is warm enough to break cluster and fly will they just clean/eat that mess up. With a couple helpers to lift it seems I could swap them out without too much disturbance.... but is it worth messing with?