I bought a package of bees, got them in the hive on May 12th of this year and I've been feeding a quart of 1:1 sugar water every 2 to 3 weeks. I haven't been a stickler on when I feed them and I'm not sure if they've gone too long without a nectar flow or sugar water but I have found a queen cell. I have been taking pictures of the underside of the boxes once a month just for the heck of it because I was excited to document the growth.. now, looking back at some pictures I took, I noticed a queen cell that I didn't see when I was changing out the sugar water last week. What are my options here? I'm kind of worried that this is happening at the 3 month mark..?
I've got a warre hive with 3 boxes (1 surrounding the sugar water jar, 1 that the bees are in, and 1 bottom box for them to expand into). I've noticed it looks like the bees are starting to draw comb in the bottom box but the queen cell is in the middle box with all of the bees and the full frames. I'm going to look tomorrow to find the queen and to see if there is any other queen cells. I'm not sure if they just took off really well and are just getting too crowded or if the sugar water feeding has thrown something? Should I look for anything in particular tomorrow?
(Queen cell is visible at the top of the very last picture)
Bees installed May 12th