|A happy beekeeper.|
The summary: we found evidence of queens in all of the hives, saw supercedure cells in one of the hives started from a nuc (which was very interesting, as we couldn't see a reason why they wanted to replace their queen), and found very little honey stored and little foraging happening, meaning there's a dearth of nectar. The bees were not occupying the space provided in the supers Mark had added.
The decisions: make a split from the hive with all of the supercedure cells, remove unoccupied supers from 3 of the hives, and move the four smaller colonies to the Delta, where there's plenty blooming.
|A mosaic of pollen stores.|
This is an ideal frame: honey around the edges, a solid brood pattern, uncapped larvae around the edges, and eggs.
|Uncapped honey -- see it glistening?|
|Do you see the queen?|
|Don't waste a drop!|
The next morning before daylight, Mark returned, screened the entrances, made the split, and drove the bees to the Delta. Once they were unloaded, he added the supers back so they'd have space to grow. We hope they thrive there.
Mark had already done the prep work. Can you tell the man is OCD, with everything cleared just so?!