After reading Robo's post, I thought I should take a deep that I had left facing my weak hive about two months ago and turn it right side up so that maybe a swarm would land there. I keep my grandson on Fridays so I didn't have any oppty to suit up or really do anything so I left the baby playing where I could see him inside and walked onto the deck, grabbed the deep and carried it over to a different place on the deck.
It seemed heavy for an empty so I looked down and it is full of five frames of bees. Meanwhile I've set it in a normal hive body position, uprooting their world. When I realized this I looked where it had been and there are bees circling trying to find the hive that is no longer there, so I quickly picked the deep back up and moved it back where it had been.
When I got back inside I realized that I had turned it yet another way when I set it down....so I probably killed bees and maybe the queen.
Originally the frames were sitting vertically - the deep was on end.
Here's how it now looks:
Should I go out and move the frames one at a time into another box, looking for the queen?
Should I leave them in this topsy turvy mess over night?
Should I leave the frames in the box they are in but turn the box to the proper position for a deep and then look at the frames one at a time?
Also the location is terrible for working the hive - right in the flight path of another hive.
Can I move it to a different place on my deck? Or should I just live with it and be grateful for another hive....
Help!!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
Linda T in ATlanta