I feel like I start al these posts out with the same “I opened the bees today”, but I haven’t got any better introduction figured out yet, so that’s all you get. I didn’t take any pictures of anything but there were a new color of drones in the hive today. And there were more than twice as many. The newer ones were more honey colored and had more fur on them. I liked them better than the ugly looking blue ones. Unfortunately however, I think they’re going to swarm. They’ve filled in the entire top box with honey and aren’t doing much to expand upwards brood-wise. And there’s almost no honey in the bottom box. Like, at all. There’s a good bit of pollen in the bottom box, but there’s really not much of that either. I found three swarm cells. By swarm cells I mean queen cups on the VERY edge of the frame. They didn’t have eggs in them yet, but I squished them anyway. I read the Supering part beekeeping book and found out that I should’ve put the super on probably a couple weeks ago. The urge to swarm has already been established because the bees have run out of upward space to expand into. I’m going to put the super on tonight and hope that the nectar flow the bees have been using to expand isn’t close to being done yet. I’m just not sure if I want to get rid of the foundation and allow the bees to draw things out how they want to. I’m not really sure what I should do though. I feel like putting the super on won’t really help, but my mom doesn’t want a second hive in the yard. I would split the current hive, incase that was unclear. For the moment though, all I can do is put the super on top of the current hive and hope the bees draw things out. I think I’ll leave the foundation in on the super. That way everything is consistent and I don’t have to worry about having different parts in one hive. *sigh*. I really hope they don’t swarm. I’ll get in big trouble with the city. I’m not too worried about the health of the colony though because they’re clearly going to be fine either way. I feel bad even asking about this, but wouldn’t killing the queen sort of solve the problem? The bees would make a new one and the almost month long pause in egg laying would reduce the population to a manageable size again. I know that’s really not the best option though. Uggggh. Wish me luck! Until next week then.