This is our first year with bees so we are still quite unfamiliar with everything. Our flow arrived quite late in the season, but we were able to get a nuke that a local beekeeper put together for us. We transplanted it to our hive at the beginning of June.
Up until this week everything seemed to be going smoothly. Almost suspiciously so. They filled out the additional 3 frames in the brood box and have started filling the flow frames.
Last week it was exceptionally hot for several days which was followed by intense rain for several more days.
After the rain we started to notice a lot of dead bees outside of the hive. It looks like several layers of bees.
On the inside of the hive it still appears to be quite populated, but there is a section of the hive that is empty and looks really frail. With a few dead bees hanging off the comb.
There was a bee that looked brighter than the others on one of the frames. Another bee grabbed it and zoomed away.
The other issue is that it looks like there are queen cells being built. Last Wednesday there were lots of new eggs that had been laid. I didn’t look today though to see if there were any new eggs. What’s the best way to determine if they’re going to swarm or if the queen has died?