This is our first time writing on the forums and we’re here in need of some help!
So we did a bee inspection today, It was actually our first one of 2021! We live in Ontario Canada and this will be our second year of beekeeping. So my girlfriend and I opened up our hive to find a couple of interesting things. Firstly we find varroa mites! We found a red dot on the back of one of our drones and also some deformed wings in a young bee (see photo (drone right above my finger)), We’ve already picked up some treatment which we will start tomorrow. Other than that we found a lot of queen cells, Some of these queen cells were in the middle of the frame but others were near the end. Our first reaction was to start breaking the cells open and taking the larva out, as we got more towards the center of the hive we started to hear what we believe is queen bee piping (see video linked below) from one of the previous frames that we didn’t break the queen’s cells on (the reason we didn’t break these ones yet was that we thought if we can’t find the queen, which we didn’t, we’d leave them). After inspecting the frame we think we heard the piping coming from still no sign of a queen so we wrapped it up. I’m worried we either had a swarm or we have signs of one coming or maybe the previous week is being super siege. We’re also afraid that the cells we already destroyed could affect the super siege if that is what was happening. Any advice or things we should be looking for / doing?
VIDEO OF PIPING: Queen bee piping! - YouTube