So, I split my three hives about 5 weeks ago. We noticed signs of possible impending swarms in two of them and we had all the right conditions and stores. We went in and checked about 2 weeks into the split and found 5+ queen cells in each split hive, so things were looking real good. Over the next 3 weeks the weather was spotty, but the splits were booming with activity.
Yesterday we went in to look for and mark queens and found very active queens in two hives.
However, in one hive we started seeing eggs.......at first it was a couple in the cells..... then three or four.....and then OMG!!!!
You can imagine my disappointment in seeing these cells, but also the amazement of how many eggs these crazy bees were putting in there!!
Now, because this is a strong hive with a good amount of bees, we are going to try to salvage the colony. I've read a few things about the laying worker issue, and a lot make the argument that it's easier to just combine with another hive via newspaper or to just shake them out and let them fend for themselves. I would rather not do that. We've done a bit of reading from different sources and have come up with a few ideas and would appreciate any constructive thoughts.
So, the plan is to introduce a frame of open brood (emphasis on larvae) about every 5 days or so until I see queen cells. At that point, let the girls do their thing and get a queen.
There was something I read in a couple places that if I switch places with another hive in my apairy, without trying to get them to reorient, the returning foragers will go in and realize there's a problem due to the lack of queen pheromone, and within 48 hours(or so) kill the laying workers. I have no idea if that's true or not......but it would be nice if it is....
Now, if the introduction of brood after a months time (guessing on time frame...????) doesn't take, then I would combine via newspaper.
If y'all have any other ideas, or thoughts on how to remedy this issue, I'd appreciate the constructive input. Thanks!!!