I went out today to my hives for the first time in about 2 months (that would be the bad boy part). I am currently finishing up my Master's in education, and have been SWAMPED this semester!
So today after school I decided to go out and check on the girls, since I knew they must be languishing in this drought here in GA.
Well, I got there and there was quite a bit of flying going on (it was 74 degrees!). As I walked around the hive, I noticed a bunch of bees (like 20) on one of the cinder blocks under the hive. As I looked closer, I noticed that there was a queen with a bunch of younger bees around her! I didn't have my veil or smoker, and had just come from work, so I just watched. The queen eventually moved around the back of the hive and under the SBB. So I went around front to watch what was going on there. After about a minute, I saw the queen land (crash?) rather awkwardly on the landing board and head inside. I know they are about out of stores, so I went home and cooked up a batch of syrup, and brought it out and filled the top feeder for them.
Any idea what was going on? Are they looking to abscond? Have I possibly averted their departure by providing syrup? I hope so. This was my best hive, and I feel horrible for not being able to check on them like I should. I also noticed that the hive beetles were moving pretty good in the hive.
Should I go out and disturb them tomorrow? It's supposed to be 76 tomorrow! Where's the rain?