Two Hives: 1 appears weak, 1 Looks strong, should I consolidate?
Im an amateur beekeeper, decided to get into this last summer. California winters are not harsh, so winter had no effect on condition of the bees.
However once spring time came around I noticed a hive had varroa mites, I hesitantly applied the mite strips about 2 months back and have seen little-to no mites in or around the hive.
With that said one hive (previously infected with mites) has become weaker. The top honey super is sparsely populated with bees as opposed to my stronger hive. Ive recently sought advice from a professional and he suggested that I should look into consolidating the hives? Thoughts?