I am a bit concerned. I just released a new queen from her introduction frame on Tuesday this past week, in a laying worker hive. I knew it had been weakened considerably before getting the new queen in there, but I hadn't been overly concerned. I reduced the entrance size, (now I wish I had reduced it considerably more!) and was going to check on it one day this week. Well, today was one of those rare days I didn't check on my hives first thing in the morning, so I didn't notice the robbing activity until around 2:00 pm. I closed off the entrance and just left a very small opening. Bee were trying to find a way in all over!
I have a few questions, and concerns. First, will a robbing hive kill all of the bees in the hive they are attacking? They weren't very aggressive with me working on the entrance in a pair of shorts! But, my concern is for the new queen. Any chance she will still be alive? I guess I'll find out!
Secondly, I could see the bees were coming from, and leaving in the same direction. They were not, apparently, from one of my other two hives. So, how would I go about finding the hive they are coming from? Perhaps I can retrieve the hive, if of course, it's not someone else's bees! (The nearest hives I am aware of are about two miles away in a different direction.) I'm also quite sure they will be back in the morning to try to finish the job.
I am thinking of putting a few of them in a jar, and making 3 or 4 stations with honey and mapping out the directions the bees come from to collect the honey. Seems to be a time consuming process, but I suppose I will give it a shot.
Any thoughts are always appreciated!
Thanks in advance.