First year beekeeper in South Western Ohio. Two hives, from packages placed May 1. Opened hives today and have pictures and questions. Thanks!
Hive #1: Two Deep Supers, two Mediums, no queen excluder. Stronger of two hives. Lots of activity at entrance. Placed a second honey super (Medium) a few weeks ago as it seemed they were drawing comb fast and I wanted them to have room. One medium has comb drawn in most of it, but no honey, just about a dozen or so SHB (small hive beetles) which quickly met my hive tool and their demise. Second medium has about one complete frame of honey, about two with a little brood and the rest is just comb. One one of the honey frames I saw what looks to be queen cells. What's that all about? Pictures included.
Hive# 2: Weaker of two. Two deep supers, and one medium super, no excluder. All nine frames of honey super are practically empty of comb. Big let down. There are bees, but it seems no activity with comb or anything else. Upon looking in top deep, I found a frame that had lost a portion of the foundation, and they had filled with what looks like drone comb. What do I do with that? (pics included).
1) Is that queen cells in hive#1, and if so, what do I do about it, and is it a concern?
2) Drone comb in hive#2, if so, what do I do about that if anything?
3) Lastly, but most importantly, SHOW ME THE HONEY! What the heck is the deal? Is it typical to have this little honey? I have not been feeding them (did once, and all it did was set off some robbing, which I had to contain). Any ideas? Thanks!