Re: Fall absconding
I think it is the location of where you put your hives. No matter if they're big or small hives they
will stay when the bee environment is favorable. Maybe you should find another out yard or break down
the bigger hives into nucs to overwinter them. A small nuc hive will focus on building up their hive population
almost like the early Spring time but in late Autumn bee environment.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?