I am wondering if anyone else has had a similar situation. I have two hives, one traditional wood and a Bee Max Foam hive. Both hives survived the winter. The wood hive is going great guns, thousands of bees , very active etc. the Bee Max is somewhat sluggish. What I assume is that the wood hive allowed the bees to react to the changing temperature faster than the Foam hive and thus the Queen began laying eggs earlier this spring, so now has a much larger quantity of bees. The Bee Max is slowly catching up, but, judging from the comings and goings I would say it is about 25 % of the wood hive. Both were treated with MAQS last fall, fed sugar syrup in the fall and fondant in the winter. I also placed a pollen patty in each hive in early spring. With all things being equal the only real difference I could think of was a temperature situation. I do realize I could have a weak queen, so I will monitor the weak hive and if it does not pick up I will replace the queen. Does anyone have an opinion on this situation ????
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