Re: What Have You Learned This Season?
there were also many learning opportunities (read 'mistakes') for me during my third season this year adam.
one in particular had to do with a queenless hive.
this was an overwintered nuc that was doing great at first. it went from five frames to a full deep and two medium supers and then swarmed. it then failed to make a new queen. when i realized that, i decided to give it a frame of eggs from my best hive.
they were successful this time, and the new queen was laying up a storm. but when the remaining bees had to start covering brood, there were not enough guard bees, and robbing ensued. i tried moving them to another yard, but they got robbed completely out there.
luckily the good queen was not killed. i was able to sell this hive as a 10 frame nuc and got two mediums of drawn comb for future use.
the lesson learned was not to let a small hive go that long without a laying queen, especially in a yard with other strong hives. i should have purchased a queen after they failed post-swarm, or maybe given them a queen from a strong hive, and let the strong hive make a new one.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf