Hi everyone I’m new! And also new to beekeeping. I have langstroth hive which I bought as a Nuc in the late spring (we had a long winter). Things have been going fantastic, which is probably where I made a mistake. I had been checking my bees every two weeks, and when I added a new brood box I thought I should let them bee for a bit.
I checked them a few weeks later and they were doing so well I was overwhelmed and too nervous to inspect the entire hive (my confidence is building).
I am in contact with the gentleman who sold me the Nuc and hes been great at helping me out, so he advised me to check them a week later and add a second super.
The story goes that the day before I checked them (yesterday)… I came out to my chickens and there was a swarm in my yard. I followed them and watched them get set up high in a tree, so I put out a box in hopes of attracting them in. When I came back out to check they had left. Now I should mention there was a beekeeper checking his bees all day yesterday one quarter section away from mine.
I got into my hive this morning and I went through every single frame, I found a few swarm cells… two or three capped, a couple open with larvae, and one that MIGHT have been hatched out.
So then Im thinking ok was this my bees that swarmed? But the swarm was small… about the size of a cantaloupe. It disappeared and we combed the entire tree line looking for it, all the out buildings, everywhere. Now my hive is still packed chock full of bees… so now Im wondering if they returned? It doesn not seem like I’ve lost any, tons of honey also.
So my questions are, what would you think in this situation? Could the bees be the neighbors? Could they be mine? Could they have returned to the hive?
And most importantly, where do I go from here? Should I open the hive again tomorrow and get rid of the super cells? Should I leave them in case my queen has left?
I haven’t been able to locate the queen in this hive, so I usually watched for signs she was there. I want to get a marked queen the next time around because I have a hard time seeing her.
Im not really sure where to go next…
Any advice or help would be hugely appreciated.