Saturday, July 10, 2010
Old hive, new hive
My large healthy Russian hybrid hive that wintered well then went queenless did not make it - sort of. Let me explain. After the "shaking" and new queen didn't take, I tried one more queen. It still didn't make it. However, the Italian hive completely filled the first brood chamber shortly there after WITHOUT HAVING RAISED ANY BROOD. Obviously, the left over workers moved into the new hive instead. I'm already on my 3rd hive body, getting ready to add a 4th! They even went back and robbed ALL of the food stores from the old hive, cleaning it out completely. (I didn't really know what else to do with it, it was mostly tracked up brood chambers and I didn't want the honey myself). So, next year, I guess I'll be buying another package or two. I'd like to get 3 hives going so some day I could repair my own problems by robbing a brood frame from one and giving to another. Anyway, I'm hoping for a good honey season. Looks like we're off to a good start.