I started feeding at the end of February with an outside feeder. But, spring in Kansas can be cold and the bees only took the syrup sporatically.
And, the weather the last 2 weeks has been windy and raining, so the bees stayed in.
Well, I got into a strong hive today to get some eggs for a hive that has gone queenless, and I was surprised to see 3 frames (front and back) with sealed brood, and a fourth frame was 3/4 sealed brood and ONLY 1/4 open brood! The queen was on the open brood, so I don't think there is a frame of eggs that I have missed. Also, they have eaten 2 pounds of their sugar over the last couple of weeks.
I was THINKING that when they ran low on syrup and honey, that they started in on the sugar and the queen slowed down the laying? Do bees do that? :confused: It is a strong young queen: I got her last Fall when THAT hive went queenless! And, she has built up her hive very quickly this spring, which is why I wanted her eggs.
How often do the hives loose their queens, anyways? :confused:
Also, I saw a few capped drone cells. Does that mean SWARM SEASON is about to start up here in Kansas? If the bees started swarm cells now, those drones MIGHT be old enough when the queens are ready!