Due to work and weather i havent been able to get into my hives for more than a month.
Around 6 weeks ago i relocated the hives across my yard about 80m. I lot of bees were lost. So many went back to the original spot, i think maybe even the queen of one hive? This hive is definitely queenless now and it wasnt before i moved it. Its the only hive i had with an excluder under the 3rd box (it came to me like that). When i looked at it yesterday the excluder was covered in dead drones (weird i didnt think they could get through it in the first place). It had 25% of the bees remaining and lots of wax moth. It's really deteriorated quickly.
I will order some wax month spray online (bee store is miles away), but in the meantime i have another really quiet swarm that has drawn out 4 frames of brood and honey. Would it be sensible to reduce the poor hive to one box, introduce my calm swarm and brood etc and they will hopefully get enough strength to finish off the was moth? I will freeze and save all of the remaining frames.