Inspections After The Swarm
I wanted to check in on the girls, since I haven’t in more than two weeks, and they swarmed.
Trunchen Hive is doing really well, they’ve completely drawn out the top box, and there are several frames of capped brood, with a frame of fresh eggs at the far edge of the box. I took a couple bars out (painstakingly) to examine the comb, and found that the center of the frame, the most concave part, was filled with capped drone cells. This kiiind of worried me, because that means those cells are too large for workers, which means those cells can’t be used for anything other than drones and honey. I tried to peek into the bottom box, but the bars stuck to the top box so I had to reorganize everything again. This is quite a bother. They hadn’t drawn anything out in there yet.
White Hive had capped drone cells in the super. This immediately sent me into a panic, because there shouldn’t be brood in the super, and because I didn’t remember seeing eggs in there when I removed Queen Agatha during the split. After dispatching of the drone cells, I prepared myself for the worst and began digging through the top brood chamber. I was amazed at the complete lack of brood in the hive. It was a new experience to see the frames completely devoid of their usual white glow. The drone population is rampant, and there are almost more drones than workers. No wonder they swarmed, they wanted to get away from all the boys!
There was a LOT less honey then there was last time I opened the hive. I guess I didn’t realize how much the bees would take with them when they swarmed. I still expect being able to harvest at the end of the year though.
The frames were all connected with burr comb. The hive looked like such a mess. I didn’t make it into the lower box because the bees were getting really angry. I didn’t see the new queen, and there was no eggs yet. I was concerned a few weeks ago about her not having enough room to lay eggs because of how much honey she had, but with all the honey gone, she’s got two boxes to hurry up and fill! The bees level of irritation makes me worried about if they have a queen though, cause they shouldn’t have been as angry as they were with the lack of brood and honey to defend. I dunno. Anyone have anything to say about what might be going on in the hive? I’ve never experienced a swarm before, so this is all new to me.