Checked the swarm yesterday & I'm pretty sure they are queenless - no eggs & they have built a couple of queen cups :(. I think it is just too late to try and make another one (haven't seen a drone in a while) so I am going to attempt a newspaper combine with another hive today. The good news is that the 3 hives we have going into winter each have one full standard super of capped honey so they should do really well. Also my aggressive hive has calmed down a lot- I think they heard me threatening to kill the queen :). They have earned themselves a stay of execution until spring now :).
On a different note, one of our flow hives is around 70-80% capped on 4 frames, so the girls have been working hard over the last month. That said, they have left quite a bit undrawn at the edges of each frame (you wouldn't know there was any nectar in any frames looking through the back window). There are still a large number of bees in the cells working, so I'm worried we would squash them when we crack the frames, and/ or the uncapped honey would leak into the hive. We have therefore decided to leave them for another week (even though the moisture content is 18.5% in the uncapped cells). I doubt they will ever cap or use every cell, so we may end up either doing a test frame slowly to see if any bees get squashed, or harvesting when we remove the flow super. I am even thinking of using a bee escape to empty the super - very in-flow!
I think my girls did not watch the flow promotional video and are not playing nice!! I will certainly not be buying any more flow frames until we work out exactly how 'simple' this extraction process is!
Flower wise we are slowing down a bit too. We have the odd Marri still blossoming, but majority over now. Our girls are loving our bottlebrush & rosemary though :).
I am going to trial leaving on the flow frames on one hive with the queen excluder. I will move up the excluder one level though so they will have brood, honey, QX, flow super. My theory is that they will never run out of honey in the standard so won't all move up to the flow. I doubt if clustering will really happen here, but we will see. If the frames are empty for long periods (which I doubt) I will remove so wax moth don't take over.
Anyway, that's my bee news for the hill :).