Previously I had written about Trap #25 having no eggs or larvae in it (see Queenless Trap). I had close to a 100 mile round trip in trap retrieval, that queen needed to be there.
Anita from Beverly Bees optimistically left a comment that perhaps it was a virgin swarm. I was hoping for the best since hiving them on 6/15. Last Saturday (6/23) I returned to see what was going on. Pollen was entering the hive so I began to get excited. There are no in-hive pics, but rest assured, there was brood in “them there combs”. The hive was labeled 1211 – the 11th hive added in 2012.
The site where 1211 is located has three other hives that I manage for a friend. I have mentioned him in previous posts. His hives first opened my eyes to the use of three deeps. Last year hive FM01 amazed me with the size of their workforce as well as their honey production. They overwintered with no added protection from the weather, no mouse guard, and no feeding. The gentleman that owns this property wants the bees left alone as much as possible which is right up my alley.
I did remove the top and inner cover from FM01 to see if the top super was full. It was so another medium with drawn comb was added. This group is providing a good stress test for the new hive stands. They seem to be handling the load well. I am not sure what kind of nectar they are bringing in. White clover was hanging on for a while, but is disappearing due to lack of rain. All of the hives visited on 6/23 were busy and working showing considerable progress in honey production since they were last visited.
Have you had any experience with queens taking a while to get started laying eggs? Are your bees finding work? Leave a comment.