Re: Weak Hives
Red, we stay on 'em, stay on 'em, stay on 'em, queen checking and fixing right up till September.
But the question that really needs answered is, "Why did you lose 15 queens?"
Something is majorly out of whack with that percentage.
So here are a few questions.
1) How did you introduce the queens?
2) How soon did you return to queen-check after introduction?
3) Did you feed syrup at introduction? and when did you return for 2nd feeding?
I know that you are looking for a fix for this season but something is haywire with your queen issues and that also needs answered.
It sounds like you have 90 hives. and when you have 90 hives you need 90 hives, (and at least 10 nucs) going into winter.
Just say NO to excuse-izm!
If my bees die, I am responsible.