Checking the new hives. Are the queens out yet?

Sunday June 12th. I checked Hive 5 to see if the queen was out of the queen cage. She was. However, I was right, the cage had slipped down. But it was still attached to the frame - in fact, the bees had glued it on. They did a far better job than my masking tape. It was empty, so I peeled it off. I couldn't see the queen, but I was in a bit of a hurry, so I didn't look through the entire hive for her. I did notice that egg laying was going on, so I wasn't worried. Fed both new hives and Hives 3 and 4 with sugar syrup and closed them up.

 Queen cage is upside down, near the bottom of the frame instead of at the top facing up, where I had put it. The queen is not in there. Other bees are in there, exploring.

Queen cage is upside down, near the bottom of the frame instead of at the top facing up, where I had put it. The queen is not in there. Other bees are in there, exploring.

Monday June 13th. I checked Hive 6 to see if the queen was out. She was. The cage had not dropped, and this time I saw her! The dot was really clear this time! (Reminder, I got marked queens in Hives 5 and 6). 

 Already laying down foundation and storing honey, after only one week!

Already laying down foundation and storing honey, after only one week!

 This one's great! You can see honey in the outer cells, cells with stored pollen (the light colored cells), cells with tiny eggs, AND, the queen with a dot on her back, to the right/center! Notice how she is surrounded by her subjects, all facing her.

This one's great! You can see honey in the outer cells, cells with stored pollen (the light colored cells), cells with tiny eggs, AND, the queen with a dot on her back, to the right/center! Notice how she is surrounded by her subjects, all facing her.

 The next frame over, you can see the queen had been busy there about a week previously because these cells have larvae in them (eggs have hatched). The white shapes you see in the center cells are larvae, and some have been capped already. Note the queen cage still attached at the top. The queen would have started laying right here after emerging from the cage.

The next frame over, you can see the queen had been busy there about a week previously because these cells have larvae in them (eggs have hatched). The white shapes you see in the center cells are larvae, and some have been capped already. Note the queen cage still attached at the top. The queen would have started laying right here after emerging from the cage.

 Closer view - you can now see the larvae pretty clearly - little curled up white things at the bottom of the cells in the center/right.

Closer view - you can now see the larvae pretty clearly - little curled up white things at the bottom of the cells in the center/right.

I also checked Hive 4 (the one from the captured swarm) and noticed it was still only occupying 3 frames or so, and there were still not too many bees. When I looked at each frame, I didn't find the queen, and it looked like there were a lot of drone cells, suggesting only workers are laying and that the queen is missing. Hmmm. Wonder if that is what is going on. I will need to ask Allan.