I did a hive check of most of my Atlanta hives on Saturday before I left. Here's the inventory:
1. Blue Heron......after raising their own queen, they are getting along, but not putting up any honey for me. They are barely putting up honey for them. I'll be interested to hear from other beekeepers in Georgia because I think we had the shortest nectar flow EVER this year.
2. At home the nuc I made with Don's queen is doing OK. I dumped hive beetles out of the two AJs traps and re-oiled them....one of them actually had dried up - the oil had evaporated in the Hotlanta heat. But I didn't see more than one beetle in the hive. I think these girls may survive.
3. The other hive with Don's queen is the one that killed the first queen I put in. I saw absolutely no signs of Don's queen - no laying, no brood, no queen. I think this hive is on its last legs and will not survive my trip.
If there are any bees left when I get home, I'll shake them into other hives.
4. I didn't switch places with Mellona and the Easter hive because I think I'd like to move Mellona to Rabun County. But on the other hand I may have missed the opportunity to get them up there for the sourwood flow, so when I get back, I may still switch hive positions.
Sad picture: I don't think I'm getting any honey this year unless the Easter hive makes some or Topsy at Valerie's house makes some. This will be my first year with NO harvest - last year was a small harvest, but nothing like what looks like this year's calamitous results.