hi scoldate ,
sorry about the lost message that went with the pick . I will try again . This is part of my "highawatha farm" static apiary . The timber surrounds keep the cattle and wind out . You need to keep monitoring your possum box , try to identify queen cells . Supersedure cells may be located on the sides of the comb not the bottom . I would intervene . Relocate the best comb and try to assess unhatched brood age and quantity .I would immediately add two frames of brood and honey/pollen to this new colony with some brood 1-3 days old . Watch and if no queen cells exist , the bees can make a new queen and the new hatching brood will be critical to strengthen the colony . If you can , relocate your new colony 5 + kilometres away from your host hives for a week or two then bring them back if you want to .
Oh yes the pick , hive no 6 ,swarmed and i grabbed it , then split the host hive as queens were hatching . Two in two minutes - amazing to watch . one queen walked across my fingers then disappeared into the host bee box , the second i caught in a queen clip and admired while preparing a split .I released her into the new split knowing at least one queen was hatched and in each box . They are all going gang busters . All three -swarm , split and original hive . I have the choice now to re-combine with each other if one queen fails or to keep as 3 x colonies . I will wait till i see/not new worker cells in all colonies . Then decide .
This decision making is based on the spur of the moment sometimes , having spare nuke boxes and full boxes with drawn comb enables this flexibility , and most mistakes are rectified by re- combining or adding a new frame of brood to a struggling colony .
Cheers The Captain .