Hive checks (4/21/2013)
Had a patch of sunshine in the afternoon today to check this hive. They inherited most of the comb from the Sand hive leaving almost no empty bars in the hive. They were all over the hive and filling in comb wherever it was missing and storing nectar and pollen. Lots of drones and queen cups (one with a fresh egg) that I removed. Even through there are a lot of bees I would like to see more frames of brood before splitting and I'm going to try to hold them off another week.
Hive checks (4/28/2013)
Split the hive. There were several queen cups/cells with a good amount of royal jelly in them. Since it's pretty much impossible to know if there is an egg floating in all that food I took it as a sign to split the hive. It also looked like egg production might have been slowing down. I moved the queen into the empty Sand hive with 5-6 frames of brood and honey.
Hive checks (5/1/2013)
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The hive is packed full of bees, brood and nectar/pollen. Another plus is that these girls are so calm to inspect! There was a cell full of royal jelly and another capped cell. I moved the queen into a nuc with 5 frames.
Checked to see if they were taking the syrup, but did not dig into the brood nest. This hive is still very small and I'm not noticing much if any syrup being used (they have plenty of honey). I've been going back and forth on if I want to prop them up at all with resources from another hive and my current thinking is to just leave them alone.
No signs of swarming and they are still building up. Lots of frames of brood on the way and a good laying pattern. They should be about the size of the Surf hive in about two weeks. Added a few bars to the brood nest to get them to draw out new comb.
Back to the bees.