Caught a Swarm... 3 weeks later... Not so strong...
We caught a swarm 3 weeks ago, and when checking it out today, it didn't look so strong.
There are about 2.5 brood frames of bees, but no evidence of eggs/larva/brood. We didn't see a queen either, but the bees were quite calm.
1. Does this sound normal? Or does this sound like a very weak swarm?
2. Is it normal for no eggs 3 weeks post-capture? (perhaps it's an afterswarm and the queen has taken her sweet time finding mates)
3. Is this swarm viable to keep? If so, how should we beef it up? (if not, I suppose we'll just combine it with another hive)
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