There were enough bees to cover all the comb even though many must have been out foraging. There is a strong alfalfa flow. They're only about 50feet from 80 acres of alfalfa in bloom. That being said, it isn't a huge colony.
I could be patient I guess. It's just that I thought I might have lost the queen. So I wanted to go in after 3-4 days and look for eggs.
I was so proud of myself because I spotted her and caught her in a cage. Then when I was getting ready to release her back into the new hive, I accidentally lost her. She got out about 12" above the hive and I didn't see where she went. But the hive's behavior seems normal and I haven't seen any clusters of bees outside the hive.
I think it's Okay. It's just that if they are building queen cells, I'd want to do a split.
This was my first time wearing the suit and firing up the smoker. Other than the brutal temperatures it was a great experience.