Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!
I just did my first two cutouts this weekend back to back days! I found and caged the queen in the first, and released her after two days in the hive and all seems well. I could not locate the queen in the second cutout, as it was much larger, so I split it. The bees are acting like the queen is in one hive, and the other one is testy and acting queenless. (by what I have read, not experienced first hand.) My questions is, do I need to give them sugar syrup? They have made it on their own this far, so I didn't know if feeding would actually benefit them. Also, how long would you wait to check for a queen in the assumed queenless hive? There were several queen cells found and we divided them up between the two that got split.
P.S. The bee vac I threw together was a savior.
Thanks in advance,
John Sampson-Tucker County, WV
"Get your picture with a bee beard instead if you want street cred." Vance G