So the first Flowhive bees had been going gang busters and easily filled the super well before winter started, so we did draw some honey off which the bees easily replenished before winter started. About two weeks ago the hive swarmed and it left only and skeleton crew of bees behind. But we retrieved the swarm and after splitting some brood frames between two flowhive boxes we split the large swarm between them. May have moved a frame that had three queen cells on it into the new hive.
Today told the bees had swarmed, again and went to check -
So hive 1, the original hive was given four empty frames to replace the four that was placed in hive 2. These frames have full fresh comb on them and the hive is very full of bees and lots of brood and what we believed to be eggs. But we couldn’t find the queen.
Hive 2 was not as full as 1, but fresh comb being built and three queen cells and bees working on preparing the flow frames for honey.
The swarm nearby, was one quarter of the first swarm was quietly sitting under a small table
So we have caught the swarm and move to a friends hive but unknown if there was a queen.
So we had two hives going well apparently with one making new queens ?
And a swarm? Is this a swarm from the first that was split in two or possibly an outside swarm?
We couldn’t see a queen in the swarm but would they do this without a queen?
Any thoughts you may have would be greatly appreciated