Wanted to post an update on my two hives at the one month mark. The one hive is doing awesome. Queen is laying like crazy and the bee’s have all the frames almost completely full. Both of my hives started from 5 frame NUC’s. The second hive on the other hand appeared to be doing well. Not as good as the other hive but still making good progress. This past Thursday my son calls me and says that there weren’t many bees coming in and out of the hive during the day when there were quite a few in the other hive. Later that evening I had him pull the top off the hive and look down into the frames. He reported that the hive had about 50% less bees than what we saw during our inspection on the previous Sunday. So we ended up doing a thorough inspection this past Sunday and found two queen cells. One capped and the other almost capped. So know I have my fingers crossed that one of these two queens will make it and be successfully mated. There were uncapped larvae in the swarmed hive as well.
Should I continue to do weekly inspections? The capped queen cell has to be around at least day nine or greater and the uncapped one maybe day 8. Any advice/recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Here are some pictures from the inspection.
This last picture was the outside frame on the strong hive. Capped honey! I couldn’t believe how heavy that frame was. Amazing