I think I killed Jose's hive. :'(
I am a bee murderer. I had told Jose that I would supply the frames and foundation, and stick it on his hive so they wouldn't be so cramped, and then leave him to it. But the day I went he was late getting back, and his wife had to get to work. So when I found he had put an empty super on top, with 4 wired foundationless frames, I was not amused. There was comb at all angles, and difficult to remove because of the wires. I made a real big booboo. I tried to quickly cut it out while the super was still on top of the brood super. It was a stinking hot day on top of an iron roof and honey went everywhere. Bees were drowning in masses. And I can't bear to think of all the honey that slipped into the brood. It will be a miracle if the queen survived. A couple of days later there were still bees dying, and some had swirled around, maybe absconded?
I have made many mistakes with bees, but that will be about the worst. You have never seen such a mess. Those poor bees didn't deserve to die like that. They were a real quiet and strong hive, too. I don't hold out much hope for it, but I will check it when I have a chance. I took a photo before the mass destruction which I can post if I work out how to load it. I know I should have removed the honey super before trying to cut the comb away, and probably left it till the bees deserted it at nightfall, but are there any other suggestions? I certainly have learnt 'how not to keep bees'...and also that you can't teach old Joses new tricks. :roll: