opened the hive yesterday which has come out of winter surprisingly strong. I was seriously expecting to find swarm cells b/c I couldn't believe they had enough room after bringing in so much pollen in the 2 weeks since our last inspection.
No queen cells, but there were lots of drone cells, mostle between the top bar and the bottom bar of the super above. When I removed the supers, the comb would, of course, break apart and spill larvae & pupae all over. Why would they do this?
Found lots of brood in various stages of development, I cannot believe how strong this hive is. Not complaining, but Holy Cow! Would have liked to actually SEE the queen, but it was evident she was there somewhere. Buttoned thngs up and left an empty super for them to fill.
Saw a good number of drones...the first since last fall. I guess we're doing okay ...... ?