Bought 2 hives and equipment from a friend today who is selling out. We went through both his hives and they looked good. These 2 hives are 4 years old. Interesting that the only treatment he has used for varroa mites is sugar dusting using a flour sifter.
He had queen excluders on both hives from last year and there was 3 medium supers full of honey. We removed the supers and I brought them home to extract (I've never done this). A question, when I got home there were no bees on the honey but I did see a SHB. What should I do to take care of this honey till I extract it (hopefully next weekend)?
When I went back at dusk one hive was bearding a little even after dark so we added a super to give them more room and I'll go back another night to move that hive. So I only brought back one hive tonight.
This is the first time I've went through frames in a bee hive. After removing the honey supers my buddy pulled a frame from the middle of the brood. He says here is pollen, larvae, and eggs. I looked at the bees on the frame and there was the queen! So I'm not sure why folks struggle to find queens.......I spotted her on the first frame of brood I ever seen! <smile>