Hello, year one beek here. I’m just gonna straight to the chase without filling in heaps of backstory. 2 months into sping. Two weeks ago my flow hive swarmed, I caught said swarm in a new beehive and placed it on the other side of the property. My mentor told me to leave them for 2 weeks so I have. Just did an inspection.
Hive 1 (main hive):
I put the flow super on at the start of spring which was around 2 months ago. Since then not a single cell has been filled wwith honey, I have no idea why. I let them build up. They swarmed. Checking the hive today and there is no evidence of laying or any capped brood. Many drones about. I couldn’t find the queen, but I am also new and i struggle to find her. She may have been there but she isn’t laying.
I found 4 opened queen cells. Pretty much every frame is being filled with honey/pollen. Thing is, the frames seem to nearly be 90% full of bees. Only one frame ( picture below outside the hive) has less bees. Now I’m worried they will swarm AGAIN, but I do not have the resources just yet. I just don’t understand why they havent touched or moved into the super. Theey are obviously healthy/strong enough to afford a split. As a new beek it is very confusing. My mentor and I, well lets put it, is a very dissmisive person, so it is very difficult to get help from him. Photos of hive one below:
Now onto Hive 2, the swarmed hive.
Now they seem to be going fine, have built up plenty of comb, just it is rouge comb. You can see belw how they have build the cloer frame and bent it around back up to the top of the one behind it. It is like this on multiple frames, around 4-5ish. How do I fix this? Thank you, this has been tough but also exciting.