I have a nuc with a queen in it which was split from hive about 3 weeks ago. I went into the 'old' hive yesterday and didn't find any evidence of a queen that had been raised, and know that I accidently moved the queen whenever I created the nuc. I had enough 'brood' whenever I made the nuc, but for some reason the hive didn't create a new queen even though they had some 'starter' queen cells in it. As it's so late in the year and I have this situation, I'd like to just combine the nuc with the original hive and let them continue to build up for the winter, instead of getting a new queen..i think. I also need to move the nuc and the original hive into a sunnier place that I've recently cleared. So, here's my needs, and questions -
> I need to move the Nuc about 50 yards into it's new location.
> I need to move the original hive into it's new location - about 150 yards away.
> Should I re-queen the original hive, this late in the year - or just combine them?
I know that the consensus is that you can't move hives, that short of a distance, because if you do - the foragers will just go back to their original location and 'hang-out' because they are oriented to that location. I don't really have a location several miles away to move/re-orient them to - so what can it do?
Can I move them about 5-10 feet away at night, every few days until I get them into their new location?
Is it better to combine them back together, as the nuc hasn't really 'taken off' as I'd expected? The queen was part of a new package I got this year.
Not having a queen for 3 weeks is a bad thing as my hive is 'aging' out with just worker bees, and all they seem to be doing is just filling up for the winter.
If I combine, can I just 'do it' - or do I have to separate them with paper or some other measure to prevent the 'original' hive from killing the existing queen upon combination?
I'm moving them into a sunnier place partly because of the SHB problem I have now. I know that just moving won't take care of the problem, but I have another hive in the new location and it isn't as 'plagued' as my current hives are in their location.
thanks for any suggestions you have -