I bought some nucs from a local beekeeper last Tuesday . Following the instructions paper, I installed them into my beehives the same day. On Wednesday, I observed all the frames to locate the queen, however as first time beekeeper lacking experience, I did not find the queens. I contacted the seller, he suggested that the queens might be buried somewhere by the workers. Should wait for another day and try again. There was a big storm on Thursday in Aloha and it was wet/cold weather on Friday . So on Saturday (yesterday) I opened my hives again, and still found the queens nowhere. Contacted the seller again and asked if I could bring my hives to him on Monday for help finding the queens. He said yes.
My problem : The complete hives are so heavy that I will not be able to lift them . Can I take the frames (with bees) and put them back to the original nuc boxes, transport them to the seller place (50 miles away) for observation, then put them back into my hives again ? By doing so will I disturb my bees too much ? Will they stay in the hives afterwards or will they swarm ? Any suggestion/input will be greatly appreciated Thanks
It will disturb them to much, and have already disturbed them to much. When installing nucs, packages, or requeening. Leave them alone for at LEAST 8 days.. By going in to often, when something has changed, they are more likely to kill a queen. Or just not settle in..
Other then filling a feeder don't touch. Give it a week. Then look for eggs.. That is all just eggs. That way you know the queen is there without ripping it apart. Everyone wants to find a queen. But there is no benefit to it. It matters what she is doing, not what she looks like.