probably the best way to increase your numbers is to add some nurse bees
I don't have any other hives. This was my last one. I ordered a nuc for next season, and I'm contemplating ordering either a second or a package, but I don't have any other bees to add, although I'd love to.
I also feel bad asking for nurse bees from someone else. Especially this time of year, taking away a frame of nurse bees would cause death to that colony.
I was hoping for another option, if available. Although I understand if there isn't one. It's hard for me to ask for help, then question the help that I"m given.
And thank you JP for both the time, as well as your inquiry with a fellow beek. It means alot.
No offense to your Kona queen but many have stated that they are not much to brag about. One season wonders? Maybe not even. Sorry to be so blunt but that's the feedback I've gotten from at least 4 beeks who have used them never again.
No offense taken. I needed the queen in November, so I didn't have very many options. Kona were the only ones available, and I planned on replacing her next spring anyway. I was just hoping she could make it through the winter. If not, I would have lost the colony anyway.