So, we’ve done an inspection on both hives.
Blue hive is going great. It’s the primary swarm from the yellow hive that we caught and rehoused, and the queen continues to lay like a legend. Eggs and brood on all but the outside frames. Textbook. All good there.
Yellow hive, which has thrown off TWO swarms despite our best efforts, has an ok number of bees left in there. There’s no brood, no larvae, and no eggs that I know of, but my eyes aren’t good enough to see eggs anyway.
There have been two hatched looking queen cells over the last couple of weeks, and one where a queen emerged as i was looking at it.
There are no queen cells at the moment.
The primary swarm was 17 days ago and the secondary was 8 days ago.
Do we give a possible queen another week to mate etc and start laying?
How long do we give a virgin queen, if there is one?
If/when we move a frame from the strong hive, I assume we shake the bees off, and move one that has eggs and larvae?
What’s the oldest brood that they can make a new queen out of?
Why would the bees be trying to drag a stick and leaf into the hive? They’ve succeeded in getting 1 leaf in there. (blue hive)
Is this (photo) a normal number of dead bees in front of the hive? We’re re-turfing so they might always be that many, but just can’t see them in the grass. This is in front of the string hive.
I think that’s it. We’re a little concerned about the yellow hive.