How to save my weak hive

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Jayme, Aug 7, 2018.

  1. Jayme

    Jayme New Member

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    This is continuing from my thread Requeening a hive .....

    Hive 1
    4 weeks ago, place new marked queen.
    3 weeks ago, no marked queen. Queen cell with larvea inside.
    2 weeks ago, no sign of a queen and no brood. Workers were starting to cap honey.
    1 week ago, no brood, no queen.
    Today - same :(

    Hive 2
    Nature is doing her job well. This hive has a HUGE queen and she is laying well.


    Will Hive 1 make a queen if I take a frame with larvea from Hive 2 and put in it?

    What are my chances of saving Hive 1?

    I am in southeast GA, so we still have things blooming for a bit. Hives are close to watermelon field (which is finished for the season) and soybeans (recently planted).
     
  2. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    there is a good chance if you put very young brood in to the hive.. and feed them sugar water..
     

  3. Jayme

    Jayme New Member

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    The hives are within 5 feet of each other. If I give Hive 1 a frame with brood from Hive 2, do I need to relocate one of the hives further away?
     
  4. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    if you were splitting them yes, since you have bees in that hive already just put frames of brood with no bees from the donor hive...
     
  5. Jayme

    Jayme New Member

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    Thank you roadkillbobb!

    I will be back at the property with the hives this weekend and will move a frame with brood over to the weak hive.

    This is so exciting and nerve wrecking all at the same time, lol
     
  6. roadkillbobb

    roadkillbobb Active Member

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    last year I split a hive and let them requeen with frames of brood and they were going good till they got robbed as the numbers in the split were few, but they did requeen...but the hive got killed off..
     
  7. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    We are approaching fall. do it now, be sure some eggs on that brood frame. If they do not succeed, you might consider combining the hives as we get farther into fall (say about sept 15th for a newspaper combine)
     
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  8. Sour Kraut

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    Good point to remember

    It will take at least 40 days from egg to new bees from the new queen. Minimum. And during that time the older bees in the colony will be dying off.

    Reduce the entrance, and maybe give the hive a 'booster shot' of a frame of sealed brood with nurse bees attached at 2 and 4 weeks.

    Just make sure you don't accidentally get the queen from the 'donor' hive.............
     
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  9. Jayme

    Jayme New Member

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    Hive 2 has almost 3 frames that look like this. I was planning to move one of the frames to Hive 1 tomorrow.
     

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  10. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Just be sure not the queen on it, looks good