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I have 3 top bar hives.

I was out of country for a few weeks.

Neighbors let me know several swarms while I was away.

Last weekend, I opened one hive and saw brood and found the queen.

Just checked on them this afternoon.

Every bar in all three hives is full of honey. No brood. I did not spend time looking for the queens.

I added a few bars in each of the brood area today.

Do I need to more thoroughly look for queens?

Do I need to remove the comb that has honey in it in the brood section and replace with empty bars?

Any idea what is going on and what I need to do?
 

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Wow every bar? How long are your hives? I would check for queens and put several bars to build up a broodnest section again, never seen bees do this on a large hive before.
 

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were there any queen cells? those swarms were proably out of your hives. it takes time for a virgin queen to harden,mate,and start laying
 

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But with every cell with honey, where would a queen lay?

On a top bar hive, if they place honey in what was previously brood, how does that affect the taste/quality of the honey? Remember...with a TBH, the wax is crushed, so alot of what is in the wax gets in the honey.
 
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