Does this hive already have a queen? Tell us more about what you are wanting to do.
Why is it queenless? Just few thousand bees. Sounds a bit worrying. Maybe it is queen- and broodless because the bees tried to make a new queen for themselves but for some reason they failed. There is a change that the hive has some sort of failed, small, unmated queen.Thanks for the quick reply. The hive is queenless and broodless. I think I goofed up a split earlier this year
(I was successful with another) and they were just going to live out their life and die I guess. I don't have but a few thousand bees in there now.
So, she won't have any competition for sure. I hate to borrow more bees or brood from another hive at this point because of the coming flow.
Be carefull with the water, it can make the bees void and if they do, they die soon. Water is very seldom needed, and even then just tiny tiny drop. Often I don´t give them water at all, in room temperature they are all right for a week.She can last for a week or more with a drop of water every day. But you do what you have to do. It's not important to do it in the daylight, it's just less stings...