I have a hive that became hot very quickly. One week I'm holding frames out of the super with nothing on but shorts and a hat, the next I can't even walk across the barnyard without being dive-bombed. I've read as much as I can and taken this course of action.
- Moved the hive. This was the worst part. I had two colonies next to each other, one a little nuc, the other this barracks of "Orcs." I set out a nuc box with drawn comb in it's place only to work for one transport of field bees. I know I should have moved them miles, but I don't have those resources. Of course the other colony received all the drift and is now in a full sized Langstroth.
- Split the hive 24 hours before receiving a queen, and 1 week after moving them. Decidedly calmer, I investigated the brood chamber of the neurotic hive. I can't see anything small because I can't remove my glasses with the veil on. I can tell you I saw lots of drones. There was open and sealed brood, not in great numbers, but they were there.
Thinking this might be a phase or the colony might be queenless, I went to stand 6 ft. (2 M) from the other hive with all the drift bees, only to be stung within 30 seconds.
- Opened each 5 frames of bees and checked their demeanor toward the caged queen. I've read about the "finger test," and I couldn't tell you which was which. They both seemed to want to hang on tight. However, trying not to stress the new queen more than I have to, I brushed the young "Orcs" from the cage, place her on the other half of the split with pretty much the save results except the bees were trying to sting.
I've placed her in the nuc box with the "clingy" bees with the cork removed from the candy side. The idea here is to make sure things are going good, pinch the Orc queen, and combine with the nice one. My questions are:
Have I made the right choice in group? I'm nervous as I've never done this kind of thing before, and I'm making sure I have the right thing going on. Stinging behavior kind of seals the deal for me.
Does this sound like queenlessness? It seems the colony has things going, if not well with the number of drones I saw. Psycho bees don't make any sense to me, sane ones only keep me confused.