so what happened to them, get too hot in the vac?
that is sad after all that hard work. good luck with them.
Sad does even cover it. :( I had ideas of making a hive and 2 splits outta this. When the girls dumped out the end as a mass of blackened goo, I felt like I had really screwed up and was deeply disappointed. This was my second beek disaster in 72 hours. I had a massive comb collapse in my best hive. Vid is here
I had given a day of my life for that wet pile of blackened bees that plopped out of my vac. I was angry at myself, angry at my bee vac design, annoyed at how slow my cutouts go, and angry I gave up a day of work to do this cutout. My Lang hives hadn't shown up yet, so I was still suffering doing the cutout into a KTBH, and I was hating the inherent design flaw of KTBH's being rotten for cutouts. Sad, well, doesn't cut it.
Hopefully, the brood was just about to hatch, several were popping out while I was cutting. With lucky the 500 or so workers will make the hive viable, but chill brood will happen tonight to most of the hive, I'm guessing. I did take enough brood for a nuc, and put bees in it from my strongest TBH to try to keep the genetic line. Any hive that can get that big in Texas heat is good genes. I also took one frame with eggs to my collapsed hive to hopefully requeen itself, basically threw them a bone.