It has been two weeks since the “Double-wide Cutout”. There still has not been a good rain. The bees have been left alone in the hopes that the queen made it into the bee vacuum.
Yesterday (7/22/12) this hive was minimally inspected. Since they have been removing the rubber bands I was afraid to move any of the combs. Mainly this inspection was to put a top entrance on the hive and to see how the bees responded. I can normally tell the queen-right nature of a hive fairly quickly once the hive is opened.
Bees were coming and going from this hive in a normal fashion. Upon removal of the inner cover the bees were not acting alarmed or annoyed in any way (a good sign). There were so many bees at the cutout that this hive was started with two deeps. I peered down into the hive. The rubber bands must have been removed from the bottom deep because the bands were still present in the ultimate deep. The comb in the ultimate deep appeared to be well attached to the top bars of the foundation-less frames. I did not move them at this time. In about a week I will revisit this hive and remove some frames looking for eggs and larvae.
Should I be more pro-active? How would you assess the queen-right nature of this hive besides looking through the entire group for a queen? Leave a comment……