My first hive made it through winter. My attention now turns to spring buildup and swarming. I tried to do my first thorough inspection yesterday but only made it through the top box. The top box was packed with bees. The entire box was full of capped or open honey, lots of pollen, and one full frame of capped brood. It looks like the queen must have moved back down to the bottom box, but I didn't get that far before getting stung. I did see several queen cups on the bottom of one frame near the center. They did not have eggs or larvae in them. Is this an indication of early swarming, or do the bees always have these cups around?
I added a super to give them more room. Didn't really know what else to do considering my inspection was cut short.