Monday, July 8, 2013
Bee Mama Drama!
In the 2-story Nuc, we saw a couple of capped queen cells and no eggs. (Just last week there WERE eggs, and a couple empty cells, but we couldn't find the queen because they were so crowded so we couldn't sell it, and we put the second story on to give them more room.) Hmmm. Wonder what happened to the queen, but relieved they were raising a new one.
In the new nuc, I was able to locate the queen and got her into the queen catcher so we could clip her and mark her.
Apparently they 'swarmed' from the original Nuc because they were too crowded. But because she was clipped, she couldn't fly. So she crawled back into the other Nuc and set up housekeeping, which means THAT'S now the one that is ready to sell. We'll have to wait on the 2-story hive to be queen-right, and then it will be ready to go, as well.
Life is never dull when there are bees involved!