And We're Off!
What We Expected
Caitlin and I went to the hives in the late evening to check on the hives.
The Green Hive and Witch Hive had eggs the previous visit and we expect them to emerge around May 28th-June 1st.
The Wood Hive was given a frame of borrowed eggs from the Green Hive and we hoped to see either a laying queen to disprove our laying worker theory or queen cells on the new frame in their attempt to re-queen.
What We Saw
The Wood Hive had 3-4 queen cells on the frame that we provided them. Not surprisingly, it was the only frame with worker cells. This confirmed the laying worker condition, but fortunately, we saw no additional, errant eggs!
The Green Hive and Witch Hive both had good spreads of capped worker cells. There seemed to be good amounts of reworked comb and even new stores of early honey! There seemed to be early signs of congestion and the queens were trying hard to find places to lay.
What We Did
Given that the Wood Queen won't emerge until around May 27th-28th, we gave them another frame of eggs and capped workers from the Green Hive, which had more to offer than the Witch Hive.
What We’ll Do
The Green Hive and Witch Hive both appeared to be ready for another box, which we did not have at the time, but will give them soon. Caitlin will visit the hive in the next couple days to add frames into the top boxes and move the feeders to the entrances.
The Wood Hive won't be laying for about 2 weeks, so we'll likely need to give it another frame of capped workers on our next visit.