Hi wise bee peeps,
Complete newbie here. I’m on the south coast of NSW, mid-summer.
Added the super onto brood box about 7-8 weeks ago. Honey was just visible in the super when the hive swarmed which at the time I was devoed about. But having recently inspected the hive I’ve concluded that it’s healthy with a good number of brood & capped honey in the super. So the swarm wasn’t necessarily a negative indicator, right?
Did the bees just get too crowded? If so, why didn’t they fill up the super instead of swarming?
It took a couple of days for the swarm to disappear but then they came back after almost a week - same swarm or another, not sure. There are now quite a few dead bees at the door and on the ground around the hive. I’m assuming these are the casualties from a bee battle and not a new problem as the hive didn’t show any signs of disease when inspected and it’s certainly not cold.
I’m not getting any response from the local Bee Keeping Assoc but I’m told that should the swarm return my best bet is to get the swarm into another brood box (which I’m about as capable of succeeding at as flying to the moon!). Is this the right advice?
Thanks in advance :).