"Run away" split of top bar hive
My top bar hive is in a pretty good location for forage and is expanding rapidly--never seemed particularly aggressive. Thought it might be wise to take out a few combs for a walk away split, but it turned into a run away split. I had smoked them, and went through the entire hive comb by comb, trying to make sure I had pulled out some eggs and young larvae, as the cloud of angry bees grew. Got stung a few times but I have a pretty good tolerance for bee venom. Got all the bars back in place, but the bees stayed after me for about 25 yards and several minutes until I sprayed windex on the most persistent guards.
This is my treatment free feral swarm experiment though I have culled drone combs twice. Mite load was 3.5% on a washing, and lots of mites in the drone larvae. I'm now convinced I have some Africanized influence. When my newly ordered Ultra Breeze arrives, I'm going to try and requeen, but euthanasia seems reasonable based on this experience. There is probably over 100 lbs of honey in the hive, any suggestions for salvaging all that organic goodness if I decide I'm raising a monster?
Going to Tuscon next weekend for some ideas.
Trying to be prepared for the flow this time...