If you did see the queen fly in then your hive has already swarmed and that was the new queen returning from her mating flight. New queens usually only take one mating flight so the chances of seeing this is very slim and you should feel privileged to be one of the very few to have seen this happen. I have seen this happen once myself but I knew it was happening and I got really really lucky. Do what Ravenseye says and check for swarm cells both open and closed. If you see open/hatched queen cells (they will look like a peanut that is open at one end and some will be torn up) then your hive probably swarmed and what you saw was your new queen returning. I have already received several swarm calls this year but I am not familiar with your weather so I cant say if its too early for them to have swarmed.
Reversing was probably ok to do if the bottom deep was mostly empty. This will give them room to expand upwards. If the bottom box was filled with brood and the top with honey then in may not have been the best manipulation but the bees will figure it out either way.
Since you are not vary familiar with what a queen looks like then I would suggest that sometimes a worker filled with nectar can have an abnormally large abdomen as well.
Last edited by chief; 04-30-2009 at 07:06 PM.
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