Hi guys, yesterday I went through my Hives (5) as it was time to put on supers for Spring. My Hives have wintered in single 8 frame box's. They have started to really get going and all is looking great. My strongest hive is looking fantastic and I had noticed alot of activity and a little bit of bearding. Anyway I added supers and had a fun afternoon.
Today my strongest hive is a mass of bee's bearding all over it and really flat out, I think they are going to swarm for sure. It was a beaut day and this activity continued all day. I watched, and I watched but no swarm.
Late in the afternoon I went over to the hive and I saw a small clump of Bee's on the ground no worries but then stuff me my queen is there with them some 3 metres from the hive. I watch her and she is one lovely fat queen just beautiful, the thing is she can't fly due to her size she just kinda jumps and flaps her wings.
I picked her up and placed her on the landing board and the other girls seemed pleased to she her and she walked inside weird.
She hasn't been clipped and looked in top condition, has anyone had this happen it was a strange experience.