I hived a swarm(basketbal size) 2 weeks ago Sunday. The size has dwindled to about half last Sunday, I didnt see the queen but it looked like some queen cells where being built, and alot of pollen being collected but no brood to speak of. Bee's are mellow.
Last Sunday also I caught another (small melon sized) swarm(possibly from the declining hived swarm?) 1/4 mile away.
Today I looked into my hived swarm and saw alot of lavae. Alot is being capped off as drone and I see a small capped queen cell. In the smaller swarm I saw the queen. They are building comb and busy. I had planned on combining these 2 swarms if I didnt see any progress in the declining hive. Now I see progress but could it be a laying drone? or could the drone brood be part of the plan since there is a capped queen cell?
My main concern is keeping these bee's through the winter. I dont need a certain number of hives to make me happy. Will these small swarms make it in time?(I know you dont know what I have here to eat but I could feed them if needed). Or should I combine them making 1 stronger hive.
I have 3 other stronger hives from a nuc,cutout and a swarm also that could be implemented if needed?
Whats your thought for this newbee?