Ok, went into my hives again this week. We have had sunny warm weather for 2 weeks now here. I stopped feeding my 3 hives 2 weeks ago. One was a nuc moved into mediums. This hive is now 3 medium boxes. I just added one with foundation (no comb available). This hive is fine at the moment. My next hive was overflowing! Last week not so much but this week I pulled my empty feeder box off and handfuls of bees fell from the cover. I dug deep and found at least 3 completed queen cells (one damaged though when I lifted the box :/) I had a spare nuc so I located this queen and moved her into a deep nuc and 2 med nuc box setup. The deep had comb though some of it is damaged. I placed the queen with 2 frames of food and 3 frames brood in the center medium. I shook some bees into the nuc as well but not many. Should I add more bees? The frames I moved were covered in bees, so she has 5 frames of bees with her currently.
The hive with swarm cells I put back together and added another box of foundation. I did my best not to damaged the remaining swarm cells. There were some very young eggs as well so if these don’t work I guess they would make another? How long should I wait before I go back into this hive? I suppose checking progress in the new super would be ok to make sure I stay ahead of them.
Now my largest hive. I added a super last weekend, as I stated in another post. They are still working the outer frames a bit but slowly. I went into all boxes and found no swarm cells or supercedure cells. There was brood in all stages in all boxes. I did notice that a couple of frames that were brood last week are now filled with nectar but this is the super underneath the one I added. I added the Flow hive to this one too. Should I be worried about this one deciding to swarm? It looks like we have some weather coming in for next few days, though here the weather changes daily.
I used my last piece of equipment. Looks like I am going to be building more and buying more frames. This is a challenging way to start after first winter survival. If you can call it a winter. The queens have been laying since january it appears and no sign of stopping. They are even capping nectar from this years maples. Apples haven’t even bloomed yet!!
Any and all advice welcomed!!