Well turns out i had the chance to redeem myself.
Neighbour called me saying the was a bee swarm in the tree about 10m from my house.
So out i went and gave her a beesuit to give me a helping hand. A quick shake of the branch while i held the box nice and close and a heap of bees fell in.
I then put it on the ground and in they all walked. later that night i took it out to my 2nd apiary about 30km away.
I did however start to think… was that some of my bees from 10m away? i didnt notice anything different and last inspection about 4 weeks ago i didnt see anything to be concerned about.
I did an inspection today checking for my queen and numbers.
2 of the hives i found my queen. 1 actually somehow made it into the super through the metal qx. i couldnt find any bends or anything. so i grabbed her out and moved her back into the brood box. numbers looked really good too.
my 3rd hive i didnt find the queen. but i did find capped brood. larvae at all ages and eggs. so to me she is in there somewhere? none of the hives had swarms cells or anything like that. so maybe i was just really lucky have a swarm land so close.
Anyways they look very happy. going to give them a week and have a little check of them and see if i can move them into a full size brood box.