So, today is day 8! I went out and filled my feeders today. Thank goodness I got the biggest Pro-Feeders they have, 2 gallons. Both feeders took a full gallon, one took a gallon and a hair more.
I found one of my Queens and managed to get a dot of yellow paint on her back to make her easier to spot in the future. Went to my 2nd hive, and couldnt find her. I wasn't all that worried about it, so continued on with my inspection. I found what appeared to be the start of a supercedure cell, and scrapped it off. After I did it, I thought to myself, boy, that probably wasnt smart dummy.
Is 8 days soon enough for them to think they need a new queen already? Comb is only being built on a hand full of frames thus far, and mostly in top corners of those that are building. I guess if they are hell bent on making a new queen, they will have that cell built back up again rather quickly. I'm going to go back out and look for her tomorrow again and see what they've done. Now I'm worried that since I didn't see her, and saw that cell...that maybe she is gone? Which means I just put them back at least a day if they have to start building that thing again.
Should I be worried I've lost my queen, or going to gain a new one? I wouldn't think they are thinking about swarming already, but I guess I better go get another deep or 2 on hand just in case.
Only 8 days in and these bees have me wrapped around their fingers as much as my kids do!