Another change going on in the hives right now is that the drones are mature and flying. They head out in the late morning and come back in the early afternoon. Drones are much larger than the worker bees and with that size comes a bit more "buzz" sound from them. When the drones are coming back home you can hear the buzz from the hives about 25 feet away.
Hive checks (5/24/2012)
Lots of stored nectar/pollen. Not a lot of brood on the way, but tons of bees in the hive. Found another frame with freshly laid eggs in swarm cells. There was one newly created comb of honey in the back that collapsed and two other combs that were crossed together that had to be corrected. I'm finding with this hive that when I add new bars between existing bars that they build bridges on the ends to cross between the combs while the comb is being built out in the middle. It is only an issue if there is a surplus of nectar/pollen coming in that they make these bridges large enough to attached to the new bars.
Lots of brood and they are storing nectar/pollen and building comb. So far everything looks good here.
They have been storing nectar/pollen. Not building comb, but have a good number of bees throughout the hive but not much brood. No signs of supersedure or swarming.
Took a quick look and one of the queen cells was opened but the others were still closed.
Nucs 3,4 or 5.
No checks, however Nuc 4 got a frame with eggs and cells from the Geeks.
Hive checks (5/25/2012)
Linda's Host Site
This hive is in good shape and they are building comb. There is a little stored nectar/pollen but mostly it's just frames of solid brood.
Saw the new queen and she hasn't quite kicked into egg laying yet, but her abdomen is swelling up. As a result of the brood break this hive is almost all honey/pollen. They are building new comb which is the only place the queen could lay in if she was ready. Swapped a frame of nectar/pollen with a frame of fresh eggs from Sand.
Next week I should have some updates on the Nucs and will talk about mating flights. Hopefully we will have a patch of good mating weather this week.