well went into both hives today.
Hive 1 is booming. There's only a few bars left that are not fully drawn minus the 2 or 3 my feeder takes up. I plan on letting them finish the feeder off and pull it out, replacing the last few bars. We found the queen about midway through, things seem ok though I didnt see much for laying, I assuming because of the newly hatched bees? I didnt get very far into the brood area to look for eggs, there were some uncapped and a few capped larva.
Hive 2 is doing poorly. LOTS of drones. There's still not much in the way of comb though they are drawing things out slooowly again. Not much for bees on the combs either. They are there, but its a significant reduction from when I hived them (4lb package). I may take a bar of capped workers from hive 2 to help kick this hive off some in a week or two. We found the queen, she's laying, there's some capped workers and some capped drones, along with a consistant but small band of larva on most of the bars. Is this due to them cleaning up after loosing the last queen? Is it possible to have both a laying worker and a laying queen? There's no more supercedure cells. I did move the frame feeder back up to help reduce the hive down due to the smaller numbers and plan on feeding them probably through the summer.
Thoughts on hive 2?