I was watching the weak hive last evening, just on dark. A bee was leaving this hive every second or so, I couldnt see where they were going due to the light, but a bee was entering every 20 seconds or so. I wonder if these were training flights or maybe they had been in there feeding all day and leaving to go back to where they came from? It was hard to tell if they were heading back to the good hive or not, so a bit of a mystery.
Again there were a couple of well formed larvae on the porch, either tossed out by the bees for some reason or maybe dragged out by ants? There were a few ants around, but I didnt see any ants actually dragging these larvae out.
This afternoon I had a good look, and there are huge drones? entering the weak hive and CONFIRMED regular sized bees leaving the weak hive and heading back to the good hive!
The entrance of the weak hive is reduced to 2 inches, they are 20 feet apart. No larvae on the porch today. This weekend I will have a look at the fame that has the queen cells on it. I hope the good hives assasins havent killed my budding queens and that isnt what the dead Larvae out front were!
Now I wonder if maybe the good hive has been killing off the weak hive, or robbing it blind, or both.
Im enjoying the different opinions that have been expressed.
BTW, at least I can crouch infront of the weak hive without being attacked.
Beekeeping isnt like maths: there isnt one correct answer, there are many I reckon.