Time to air our dirty beekeeping laundry: What's the absolute worst advice you've ever followed, and what happened to your bees as a result?
This will be an awesome learning thread for newbees like me. I am particularly gullible it seems. My sister gave me a nugget of wisdom regarding taking beekeeping advice: if the giver only tells you what to do, and doesn't go into detail about what not to do, skip that advice over. The 'what not to do's are hard-earned wisdom.
I'll start: I attempted to checkerboard the frames in a deep brood box on a newly installed package of Saskatraz after the queen had been accepted and released for only 9 days. They had drawn comb on the 3 middle frames, and she had an excellent start. Lots of activity, great laying pattern with eggs/larvae/capped brood/food stores on 2 frames, plus pollen and nectar on a 3rd frame...Not touching the outer 6 frames yet. I saw it suggested on YouTube and it was recommended to get a newly captured swarm, or a new package with a large quantity of worker bees, to draw out comb on more frames faster. What I actually accomplished was murdering the queen by causing her workers to reject her. Like a giant dorkasaurus, I changed their environment too soon during her life with this package. She's gone...Emergency queen cells are being reared, but I ordered a replacement mated queen to attempt a better survival chance for my poor, possibly doomed hive. She's arriving next Tuesday. I tried this because when I picked up my Nuc of Caucasians a week after installing my package, their numbers were pretty low and they were not looking promising. I arrived last in the day, and this was the only Nuc they had left...It was a 5 hour drive, and I had pre-paid the nonrefundable price. So I wanted to donate a frame of capped brood from my vibrant Saskatraz colony. *facepalm*
Alright, I showed you mine, now you show me yours...And...GO!