We’re fairly new to all of this, had our flowhive about 18 months, but due to smoke from the bushfires last year there was very little activity in our hive. We did as little as possible during that so as not stress them more than they already were.
We just did an inspection and found 2 queen cups (both on the face, but close to the edges). We didn’t see any of those last year, and we’re not sure if there was an egg or not in there. Also, the inner frames are fairly empty but the outer frames are packed with larvae and brood. Neither of us could see eggs, but that may be due to the time of day (we can check this later).
There are a ton of bees so we’re worried about swarming. But we also couldn’t find the queen. The emptiness in the inner frames makes us think possibly we lost our queen? Not sure if this matters, but there is some honey on the outer frames, but nowhere near like late last year, and none of it appears to be capped.
We’ve been doing a lot of reading but have come to no conclusions. Should we open the hive again in a few days? Or is that a bad idea? We were told to check it every 2-3 weeks in spring.
Lisa and Ben