I have 3 top bar hives.
I was out of country for a few weeks.
Neighbors let me know they swarmed while I was away.
Last weekend, I opened one hive and saw brood and found the queen.
Just checked on them this afternoon.
Every bar in all three hives is full of honey. No brood. I did not spend time looking for the queens.
I added a few bars in each of the brood area today.
Do I need to more thoroughly look for queens?
Do I need to remove the comb that has honey in it in the brood section and replace with empty bars?
Any idea what is going on and what I need to do?
Hello, mtbe -- Not enough information!
You don't say how many bars total of comb are in your hives, or for how long they have been hived.
You didn't mention whether you saw the remains of queen cells. If they swarmed, there had to have been brood or they could not have made a queen. Perhaps they absconded, but that would mean no (or very few) bees in the hive.
It would be a bit unusual if all three of your hives had swarmed, I would think?
I would not remove anything that they have built, but there are a million question that could matter in conjunction with an answer - and if you had pix, those would be great too...
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