Hello folks, my bees survived the winter in Kamloops, BC and I saw some queen cells in mid May. I split the hive by taking every second bar with brood (and the bees on the comb), five in total, including a bar with a queen cell and put them in another top bar hive about 5 metres away. I then went on a three week business trip. When I returned two weeks ago I had a look at both hives. In the new hive I found the queen and everything looked great. In the old hive, there seemed to be good activity and honey production as well as brood. I didn't see the queen in the old hive but assumed she was there. Success!
And then a few days ago I noticed that my old hive had much less activity around the entrance while the new hive was thriving. So today I went in to have a look. New hive is going gangbusters. Old hive has brood and honey but just seems really quiet. There are only several bees coming in an out the entrance compared to probably 30-40 around the new hive entrance. I didn't see any signs of anything wrong (but then again, I am reasonably new at this).
Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.