Newbie to beekeeping.
Location: North Carolina, USA
This morning my wife went out to her greenhouse and came back telling my Bees were going nuts. I went to check on them and one of the hives was covered in bees top to bottom and bees were flying all over the place.
I thought to myself, this is what Bees must look like when they are swarming.
I quickly came back to my computer to see if there was anything I could do to stop them. I found a post that said if you simulate rain, it would interrupt the swarming.
Went back out to give it a try and they were gone. No more flying around like crazy and the front of the hive just had bees on the landing board as usual. I decided to check the brood boxes. Although I couldn’t find the queen, the two deep brood boxes were teaming with lots of bees.
History of the hive.
Brand new 10 frame hive. Purchased NUC on 4/3 and installed in hive on 4/4. So it is fairly new. I installed second brood box on 4/25 as they were just bout finished drawing comb in the bottom box. Bottom brood box is all waxed foundation frames. Top brood box is half with foundation and half foundationless. They are drawing comb on all 5 of the wax foundation frames in the top box. There is no brood in that box yet.
I did notice in the bottom box there were 3 queen cells. 2 appear to be capped and one is uncapped with larvae in it. Also lots of “swarm cells” on the bottoms of the frames.
Did I wait too long to put the second box on?
Should I get rid of all the swarm cells queen cells? They have tons of space.
During my inspection today, I did not see the queen, but there were a lot of bees, so she could have easily been there
I took a video since I thought that would be helpful.