I was putting some more frames in my boxes tonight after dark. (daylight ran out). I went over by the hive and I heard what sounded like they were in the top portion chewing or scratching on the wood.
It seems like I remember reading something that may suggest they are making wax. The 8f medium on top is hardly drawn out and that's where the sound came from. I was in there yesterday.
I was looking for the q cell I saw about a week or so ago but it was gone. There was some additional build up around the bottom of the frames where a lot of drone cells were. I only looked at about 5 frames in the top 8f deep. I did see lots of pollen and a whole frame with capped brood. What really concerned me was on a clump of drone cells I saw what could have been a capped queen cell. It was more narrow than fat and stuck out at a 45 degree angle. I called an older gentleman down the road and he said not to worry about it. He said it's not time and if it was the other queen would kill it. (I'm thinking about the flip side of the coin as well).
I have almost zero hands on but I had the same thought about the timing. I don't consider us in a flow yet. We have hen bit, dandelions, and some other pollen I can't identify but no other blooms. I have been feeding tho.
Do yall think it was comb building I heard? Thanks.