Good Morning all and thanks for all the information so far. I just went down and checked my hive. I have two brood boxes. Bottom was from a good swarm top one I had put a small swarm in and tried to combine the two. This morning there were no bees in the top box at all. There was a small hole in the newspaper between the two boxes and I did have a top entrance also. Bottom box had a lot of bees in it.
I pulled a couple of frames and looked at them. I did not brush the bees off though. I did see quite a few cells that looked like they were covered in light brown cardboard? They are still drawing comb on some of the frames not quite done with that on the bottom. I took two frames that had bees working on them and put them in the top box and put two empty frames in the bottom.
So far so good right? Now: How do I tell the difference between drone cones, worker cones and queens cells? I plan on leaving the hive alone for a couple of weeks now as I have been in and out of it three times in the past week. Before I closed it up this time I sprayed the new frames with a 1:1 sugar mixture to maybe entice the bees onto the new frames?
How am I doing so far?