Monday, June 13, 2011
The super has been getting some attention, with several frames already at least half-filled with capped honey. I was surprised at the number of drones flying around, something I had noticed with this hive on the previous inspection. Things were going pretty well until I had a frame slip out of my hands, the first time this has happened. They seemed to settle down pretty quickly, though, and we proceeded to look deeper into the hive.
Our new queen should arrive in the mail tomorrow, and we'll put her in a nuc. I'll check hive #1 next week, and if there is still no queen present there we'll eventually add her to that hive. I think it takes about 3 weeks before a hive will begin to make laying workers, so I don't want to delay too long. If we have a queen, we'll start hive #3.