Things I'm thinking of doing today......for once I'll try to make my post in a better "order." Will be working my hive - the weak one - am running two deeps - have already been reversed with mostly empty frames on top and bottom because I can't find queen and there are no eggs, no brood, etc. I put three frames of brood on there the Thursday before last - hoping to see a queen cell or something to indicate I do in fact have a queen despite their "queenright behavior" (calm, bringing in pollen, plenty of food, not drinking sugar syrup, no queen cell as of last inspection even though they had eggs from new frames in which to raise one). My hive is about 6 inches away from my Dad's hive. My Dad's hive is strong. I've seen varroa mites and a shb or two in both hives. We have them sitting on a table. I would like to put screened bottom boards on both of these hives - does it defeat the purpose if they're on a table and don't get the ventilation from the underside? Spray or saturate (basting brush) "count board" with vegetable oil? What about ants/flies/various pests flying into the bottom of the bottom board if cinderblocks/not table are used? I want to move my Dad's hive to a new location about .1 - .2 miles away to the watermelon patch we're going to be pollinating for a local farmer. I'd like to reduce his down to 1 deep (at least for the move) - we're currently running two deeps on his as well and they have also been reversed. Thought since he has a strong hive with plenty of bees of all "levels" (foragers, nurses, etc.) it would be okay to allow them to fly back to the old location and into my hive that will still be there. Thoughts? My Dad's has a marked queen and I know she's there. Also plenty of pollen, uncapped and capped honey for them to feed all the brood they're rearing, so I figured the immediate loss of the foragers would be tolerable. Still plan on moving them at night and putting grass out front for the foragers to reorient themselves so maybe we wouldn't lose them all. We're planning on putting the hives in the watermelon field on a table also. Would cinder blocks be better? Better to put the screened bottom boards on my older and weaker hive? We have a 1 year old hive (renamed "mine")and a 2 year old hive (now "Dad's"). The 1 year old was split from the two year old. Hoping to ultimately create two more hives for pollenating. Have a small nuc that we moved 5+ miles away to reaclimate to watermelon field and hopefully start rearing a queen. Haven't checked on them yet. Not sure when we'll move them, but I want to take a peek inside - Dad says to wait. I think that's it for now. Looking forward to your thoughts, comments, ideas, and insight. =) Thank you always!