Hive checks (11/8/2014)
The brood diseases I saw last inspection have killed them. I split up the resources between the Roma and Ballard Daughter hive. This hive and queen line had struggled every year just to survive.
I checked a few frames in the cluster and they still have a good amount of brood coming and also saw larvae. There are a good number of bees in this hive, and I was surprised to see this conservative hive still raising brood.
They are still holding on, an I didn't look much past the last frame they were clustered on. Moved the best honey frames from the Rebel Daughter hive next to the cluster.
They looked like they were doing good and have gotten ahead of the brood diseases. They appear to have a good setup for winter and the hive is now full of comb they inherited from the Luna hive. Now the question is whether they have enough bees to keep the cluster warm during storms.
I was surprised to see them already gone. I knew they were sick, but they had a lot of bees and I was thinking they would make it a little later into winter.
They didn't make it and the hive was getting robbed. Brood disease took them out quickly.
They weren't able to recover form the brood disease either and were gone. The queen was oddly still alive, but she was alone minus a few robbers and yellow jackets. I stuck her in a cage and she's on my desk at the moment. There isn't anything I can do with her unless I stumble across queenless hive in the next day or so which is not likely to happen since I don't plan to inspect anyone else right now.
They appear to have gotten ahead of the brood disease and had a good number of bees. Didn't inspect further than the last frames and they were robbing out the other hives. The hive is now full of the excess honey frames from both Plum Creek and Quickdraw.
Hive checks (11/27/2014)
Saw robbing activity between the Ballard daughter and Roma hives, but didn't inspect with the weather changing. I suspect the Roma hive either died during the last cold spell or is too weak to stop robbing.
Back to the bees,