Okay, I’m looking for some sound advice on what to do as a first-year beek. I’ve done a search for an answer and read several pages, but I’d like a little clarification.
First, a bit of background. In May, I purchased and hived my first nuc. After a few stressful moments, it has been really good. It’s large enough now that I have two deep boxes with lots of stored honey, brood, and eggs. Last month, I captured a swarm that is doing quite well too. While it’s still only in one deep box, there are several frames of honey, brood, and eggs. When I hived this one, I took a couple frames of brood and honey from the “big” one to give them a boost. It seems to have worked.
Now, my problem. Last week, I captured another swarm. Currently, this one is in a 5 nuc box until I can get a full 10 frame one built. Again, when I put the bees in this box, I added one frame of brood and honey. This afternoon, I did an inspection and found what I believe is a laying worker(s). Virtually all of the cells have 2, 3, and even 5 eggs in them. Even cells with bee bread and honey have eggs in them.
Here are my questions:
1) Is there any sure-fire way to save this colony? (Okay, as sure fire as anything can be with bees). I had hoped to keep this one as my son wanted it as a 4-H project.
2) If I add a frame a week as I’ve seen on Bush Bee’s site, could it be detrimental to the others? If I do add them, should I take one from each of the other two?
3) If my colony sounds like it is beyond saving, is it worthwhile to split these bees among my other two? If I were to do that, would there be a chance that which ever workers are laying could start to do so in my others?
4) I’m appreciative of any other advice!
Thank all of you in advance!