My first and only hive swarmed four times in the past couple weeks and I caught the second and third swarm. The fourth has been 30-feet up in a tree for several days in the rain and hail, amazing! I found and released the last remaining queen cell in the primary hive two days ago and they haven’t since absconded. So now I have three hives (a triple-deep, a single deep and a nuc box) with varying numbers of bees and each with an unmated queen.
My questions: What should I be doing in the next few weeks/months to monitor the queens’ status? How long should I wait before checking for evidence of mated queens? Should I be feeding them honey/pollen frames (local bee people say there’s plenty to forage on so food shouldn’t be an issue)? And how old do my children have to be before I can have them take care of the bees for me?
Ideally I’d end up with two hives but one or three would certainly be better than zero! Thanks everyone!