Scott, I talked to Dennis2021 about the newly acquired swarm and he does not want to part with them. I don't blame him because it will give him a great opportunity to compare a cut-out, a swarm and a split. I was able to spend about an hour with him going through his hives this afternoon. We found no queen cells in the larger hive like we did last weekend so that it a good sign they are not about to swarm. When we opened the smaller, weaker hive, it had a distinctly louder sound than the stronger hive. I told Dennis2021 that I had read that that roaring sound is a good indication that the hive might be queenless. Good news is we found the queen and capped brood. I got stung last weekend and got popped twice today...No MAJOR reaction to report so my concerns about being allergic are behind me.
Keep me in mind the next time you need or want to find a good home for a swarm. I have 2 vacant lake front "new construction" hive bodies available for some :bee: :bee: :bee: The last week of March or the first of April seems like a long ways away especially now that my citrus trees are almost in full bloom. Thanks!!