Yesterday proved to be an interesting bee day.
I came home from work to see the air filled with a cloud of very noisy bees! Swarm...first I have seen. They aggregated on a low tree branch amongst some bushes. My son in law lopped off the branch which I caught in a cardboard box. There were still bees flying around. I put a frame with open brood in a 10 frame lang deep. Dumped in the bees, put in undrawn wax frames (I don't have drawn frames), closed them up and put on some sugar syrup. Later in the evening when no more bees were flying about or in the tree I put an excluder on the bottom of the box. This evening I plan to move them to the bee yard. I am quite certain they were from my bee yard.
I then checked 2 nucs that I made up..both have queen cells on the frame I notched. I hope they emerge and get mated.
I then checked some of my hives.
I was amazed that several had only capped brood with lots of nectar, pollen and some capped honey. I saw no eggs or open brood but lots of bees. In most of these I saw no empty queen cells. There were drones and drone brood. I saw no Queens..I had marked some of them.
Are these hives that:
have already swarmed
are getting ready to swarm...but how without QC or open brood
Two hives had obvious QC. Some cells were open and some closed. Some were side by side with with one open and 1 closed. Will the closed ones be duds or perhaps a bit older.
As there were open cells and I thought perhaps the hives had already swarmed I cut out the closed QC. One hive had several QC.
I also witnessed a queen emerge from her cell and put her in a hair roller cage. There were already open cells in the hive and unopened ones. I didn't want to emerge simply to get in a fight with an emerged Queen. I cut out the remaining QC ( easier than I thought...they came off plastic foundation just fine) and put them in roller cages.
I have a hive that I am trying to get brood out of 2 dadants so it has 2 deeps with an excluder between the deeps and dadants. I pulled some frames and put them into 3 deep Queenless (I hope) nucs. I then put the roller cages..QC and virgin queen..between frames of the excluded dadants.
Once the 3 new nucs know they are queenless should I transfer a roller cage into each? I would have to remove a frame in the nuc to fit in the roller cage. The excluded dadants have have way more bees.
Is it likely the QCs I put in the roller cages will hatch or will they be unhatched because they are duds?
I have 1 hive that I requeened. Initially there was brood, now there is no open brood. How do I tell if they are on a naturally induced swarm brood break vs being hopelessly Queenless?
I will have to decide what to do with the Queen when and if the QC emerge.
If I decide to release the recently emerged queen into one of the new nucs how do I best do this. I did look for queens on the frame but it was late evening and I was very tired.
Lastly...the final I went into last was crazy aggressive. It did not have QC and did seem to have nectar in the brood nest. It did not have open brood that I could see. Are bees crazy aggressive around swarming...preps or after?
I have never dealt with swarming..the preps and aftermaths there of.
Thanks for any and all help. I feel I do not have a handle on what I need to do