Boy, oh boy I am so relieved of this hive. This has been a hard summer for me and the hive did not help at all.
I just rode up to visit the hives and I am so pleased to say that all the bees have drifted into my other hives. I would never believe it could be so easy. I thought there might be fighting going on, but I watched for quite a while and it just looked like the bees were accepted in. I did smoke the other hives really well to confuse them so they would accept the bees I shook out on the ground.
Now I am back to 2 good hives and that is enough for now. Next year perhaps I will split and get more.
Take care all you wonderful people and have a great evening
Annette in hot, hot, smokey Placerville. (too many fires around here and so much smoke in the air)