I'm heading back up to my girls tomorrow morning. It's been in the 40's and raining there all week. My neighbor tells me the danelions popped up this week though, so I want to get one of those Ross Round supers on.
Temps are suppose to be a high of 57 degrees on Monday and 61 on Tues., hopefully the warm air will finally make it up that way.
I've got 3 deeps on that hive right now. I plan to check the brood situation, leave one deep on that hive with plenty of brood and bees (like 2/3 of the bees), move the other 2 deeps to a separate hive stand. Now, my question is where to put the queen? I've read 3 different scenarios...
1). to move the queen with the 2 deeps and let the 1 deep with the super and brood raise a new queen.
2). to leave the queen with the 1 deep and super using a queen excluder, and either buying (too late for that) or letting the 2 deep hive raise a new queen.
3). replace BOTH hives with new queens
The current queen is relatively new. She was a swarm queen last Aug. so I wouldn't feel a need to replace her at this point, plus, the hive was thriving when it was last warm enough to open the boxes back on the 19th or so of April - she seems to be doing a good job. So, that leaves options 1 or 2.