Hive checks (4/18/2014)
Moved the Sand hive to the old Luna hive location. The queen looked good and the looked like they were building up well. Saw some drones. Going to change their name to Luna to stick with the new location.
Hive checks (4/25/2014)
Saw the queen and she's been busy. They have built out the empty bar I gave them two weeks ago and signs of back-filling are gone. They are now using 75% of the hive for the broodnest (3 feet of comb). Saw several queen cups but no eggs laid in any of them yet and I wouldn't expect to see eggs since I didn't see any backfilling and the queen had plenty of space still. At their current size a week of nice weather would be all they need to fill up the hive with food and be thinking about plans to swarm. Drones are flying from this hive now.
Hive checks (4/27/2014)
They are using about 50% of the hive. They have several frames of drones coming. I'm still seeing signs of DWV but it appears that they are outpacing the issue and it's not dragging the hive down. I am also seeing some white comb and there are a couple queen cups present. The queen was again at the back of the hive laying on empty combs like I noticed at the last inspection. They were slightly reactive as usual, but overall not too aggressive since there was a light breeze during the inspection.
Hive checks (4/29/2014)
Luna Hive (Bees from the Sand hive)
These girls have really taken off in the last few weeks and are now using about 40% of the hive. For a hive with a heavy case of DWV late August/September they really managed to turn things around against the odds. There are a lot of drones in the hive and they have good pollen and nectar stores coming in. It looked like they were trying to build comb as well. The brood pattern looks good and there is a really nice color spectrum of pollen stored which is another plus. This is the 3rd daughter queen from this line each surviving a winter and I'm thinking with their ability to recover from DWV they might actually have the treatment free traits I've been looking for. Every other queen in this line up to now has pretty much rolled over and died as soon as a trace of DWV reared it's face.
Hive checks (4/30/2014)
Still seeing a conservative buildup by the queen, but the population is growing. They have a good supply of pollen and fresh nectar stored. Saw the queen and she looked good. They aren't expanding to use more of the hive yet like I've seen with the other hives. Will need to keep an eye that they don't decide they just want to stay small and surprise swarm on me. They are using about 25% of the hive. The good news is I only saw 1 girl with DWV and otherwise they looked healthy. Not many drones in this hive yet.
Back to the bees.