Re: Major Problem
The idea is not to kill them when they are too big to become aggressive. It is to
manage them to put them back in to productive mode again. Summer time is the best time to
make up new nucs preparing for the up coming winter with the good gentle stocks. Like others who have
recommended, I would break up this hive to requeen them. Choose the queens from your 2 out yards if
you cannot get the new queens in time. Keep in minds that the guard bees are only aggressive when the hive is
growing. Once you reduced the hive population down they will change their behaviors again. Imagine a new nuc hive that
barely have enough bees to cover the frames. Now you're more concern of others robbing them. So how to do it?
1) Set up 2 new hive stands with the new bottom board at a nearby location.
2) You will need 2-3 new queens for requeening the nucs. Choose the queen from your gentle out yards if you can.
3) Separate the 2 existing brood nest box on the 2 new hive stands.
4) Give the original location a new hive box with all new undrawn frames.
5) Once you find the old queen put her with the foragers in the original hive location.
6) Once they draw out the frames give them another new queen.
Now you have 3 new nucs going into winter. The divide and conquer method always work even
with the AHB when done right. A growing apiary always have one or 2 such hives. How you manage
them instead of killing them is another story. And conquering the bees does not mean always to put them to death either.
Show them who is the real boss!
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?