Okay, went into the hives today to check on the progress and fill up the feeders and from my untrained eye it seems to me that things are looking good. In two of the hives, comb was drawn out a frame away from the main drawn out frames, about a 4" diameter patch that had some pollen and honey around it, then capped brood. The caps were "bulbous" so I'm assuming the location and type of capping these were drones. I was having trouble with the camera and didn't get a picture of it.
These pictures are of the frames of brood. I'm not certain about the "pattern" but the uncapped ones do have larva in them and from the pictures I've seen, the capped honey and pollen around the brood seems good. Please feel free to comment if I'm off the mark!
The next two pictures are from the last hive I inspected. Seems to me this is a single supersceedure cell (red circled) and because I'm a 3 week old "beek" I've got no clue if I'm right or not (chances are, NOT). It doesn't look like what I remember I've seen in other pictures. Could these 2 cells just be where the new queen "missed" fertilizing them and are drones mixed in? I also could have SWORN I heard a queen piping. Not like in the videos I've seen, where the old queen makes a noise and the new one responds, but more like the sound a mud dauber makes making a mud tube, but in short bursts. Do bees make a noise when ready to emerge? I didn't do anything with it, figuring that the bees knew more than me! LOL
Last week I didn't see the queen in this hive, but did find her today. Last week I was able to find 3 of the 4 queens but this week only 2 of the 4, however, all hives seemed to be queenright.
Here is the close up of the cell.
This is the image of the whole frame, showing the placement and what the rest of the frame looked like.