Re: Hot hive - what to do?
Finding the hot hive shouldn't be too much of a problem just by inspecting them. You should know pretty quick, especially if you already have it narrowed down a bit. I would requeen with a store bought but if you let them requeen themselves, the odds are with you that the new bees will not be like the old one. While there is always a chance that the genetics will carry forward, virgin queens tend to mate at enough distance from where their colony is that your chances of introducing better genes goes up. Never say never though. Of course, you could buy a store bought and she might give you hot bees. Finally, make sure they're not being bothered by other things like critters. I've had hot hives that just don't like intruders because of experience and not genetics.
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