I have a hive that was badly robbed on July 12. Many bees were killed but the robbing stopped as soon as I put on a robber screen and completely closed up the hive overnight.
The queen was not killed and there is still young brood in the hive nearly 3 weeks later. However this is a swarm hive that started really slowly and is still only in one deep box. I don't think they can build up enough to make it through the winter.
I have another slow-to-start up swarm hive - this one in two medium boxes. I have been feeding both hives with baggie feeders since the robbing incident and the hive in medium boxes is thriving.
I'd like to combine the two hives, but have little confidence that I can find and/or kill the queen in the robbed hive. Can I combine without finding the queen and leave the two to duke it out?
Linda T in Atlanta