I hived this package on March 25, heard some piping around 3-4 weeks but nothing ever came of it. The marked and clipped queen was laying beautifully, wood to wood on 5 frames, with the other frames either full of pollen, and they finally started capping honey 2 weeks ago. The hive was FULL of bees, honey and hatching brood. The queen was still laying in the brood nest. Population exploding. I added a super on May 9, one week ago and left it alone. Today I checked the hive and just happened to find the queen crawling on the ground. I picked her up and returned her to the hive, she was immediately attacked and balled, dragged to the side and pitched overboard.
When I opened the hive, the super was untouched, no comb drawn out, barely any bees in it. I took it off and things looked normal in the bottom box. They hadn't moved up into the super in a whole week. What's up with that? They are spilling out the front door. It doesn't look like they swarmed, there are still lots of bees still in there.
I didn't find the queen until I had closed up the hive and was walking away so I didn't look for another queen. No unusual activity, except they seem content to stay in the bottom box. It poured rain all day yesterday, but the weekend was sunny. I'm not feeding them. Do they need it? I stopped feeding when the horsemint started blooming and they started packing in the honey.
I've got the queen in a queen cage in the kitchen. She looks really thin and tired. What to do?