I am a first yr BK I have 1 hive. I checked them almost every week for about 2 months a lot of you guys and gals told me not to so I stopped checking so much, I checked about a month ago and could not find the queen and the bee pop was getting low. I thought that they might have swarmed or at the min the queen left/died. You all said to wait about 3 weeks because I might have a virgin queen, I did wait and checked this weekend and the bee pop is going good I have two full brood deeps that are all drawn out, I am thinking of taken 1 if not 2 frames out and taken honey because I am worried about them becoming honey bound, I still have not found the queen but she has to be there. I still have found no mites, not sure if the mite pop is that low or if there is not any mites. So to my questions. With there being at least 13 frames of full honey (brood frames) how do I save the frames for them for winter? From my reading/understanding first yr hives r not suppose to swarm and produce this much honey. This may sound like a stupid question but with all of this high productivity for the first yr will I have to be on high alert next yr? Also with finding no mites yet is that also normal or am I just one of those 1% who got lucky?