So ive been catching swarms and did a cut out recently, adding to my hive count. Its been fun!
So here are the good, the bad, and the ugly!!
Good- All my swarm hives are building comb like mad on the foundationless frames (love them a lot better than the plastic ones!) and they are coming along really good. One of the queens I seen was HUGE, biggest one ive seen so far, looked like a stink beetle crawling around on the comb!
The bad- The cut out bees absconded the same day I placed them in the bee yard. Oh well.
The ugly- checked my other single deep hives that were queenless for eggs (after adding eggs/brood weeks ago) and a couple are doing good and a couple are not. One hive as far as I can tell had single eggs placed in the bottom of the cells, but everything I see capped are drones..........im assuming its a drone laying queen, although I didnt find her.
Another hive was testy and I didnt see any queen cells or even cells that were torn down from the frames of eggs I gave them a few weeks ago. Think i'll add another frame of brood/eggs tomorrow and see if they build queen cells.
All in all things are going good and I have trippled my hive count since January!!
Heres a question, can I find the drone laying queen, kill her and combine the hive with another hive? I am pretty sure that its a queenrite hive and not a laying worker hive.