Was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for my problem. I split my one hive a couple of months ago. The split is doing great, but the original hive never raised a new queen. Now their numbers are really low.
Around 10 days ago i stole a bar of capped brood from the split and added it to the original hive, and replaced it with a bar of empty comb, then went back a few days later and there were some eggs in it so i took it and put it back in the original hive. Checked today and it doesnt look like they’ve taken advantage of my gifts to raise a new queen, and the number of bees is really low.
Possibly related to the drastic drop in numbers in the past 10 days...there have been several swallows (birds) coming by every afternoon and circling the hives, snatching bees as they circle. I didnt think they could do any real damage, but maybe.
Also, something more interesting then having to do with this topic...i have a bunch of drones that are a blonde or golden color. I’ve never seen that before.
Sooo, any suggestions? No idea if this is feasible, but can I take the queen and put her back into the original hive for a couple of weeks? Or permanently and let the split raise a new queen? Should I keep stealing from the split?