What We Expected
We expected to see some regular laying behavior in the Witch Hive as well as some activity in the honey frames..
What We Saw
The Witch Hive has created a couple supercedure cells, clearly trying again to replace their queen. It's not terribly surprising as the queen has not been laying in the same way that Green or Wood Queens are. We saw a frame full of drone cells, which is similar to what we're seeing in Green, though the hive's brood chamber is currently limited just to one brood box.
We saw what looks like an emptied supercedure cell, so there's a chance, albeit remote, that a) a new virgin queen is in the hive and we did not see her, or b) she emerged and swarmed with other bees, although this is far less likely.
What We Did
In the Witch Hive, we kept it as is. If the bees want to replace their queen, perhaps we should listen to them as they're not as far ahead as they should be for a first run queen (she's still marked from April, indicating she should be as far along as Green).
We did take a frame of honey from Green Hive for ourself, eager to try uncapping it, draining it, and trying it out!
What We’ll Do
We'll give Witch Hive (and all the hives) a week to progress. Witch Hive has one cell that has visible larvae, so it'll be at least another 10 days before that emerges with a new queen.