back to my barn bees.....
i noticed that the population of bees in that box had gone down. i tore it apart and don't find any eggs or brood. however, they were clustered as though around a queen. i didn't spot the queen, but this was a frame that is still kind of loose in there, so i didn't get as good a look as i would have liked.
what i did find were several empty queen cells. that seemed a bit strange....maybe a new queen that is not mated yet, or just starting to lay??
got into my other hive thinking to give a frame of eggs/brood to barn hive. couldn't find any....i'm assuming that the brood is all the way in the bottom since there is still a good bit of honey in the top box. i really hate too break that hive apart.
so....if i combine, should i leave a top entrance for the barn bees until they go through the newspaper? what if there is a queen in there that i have missed?
I'm so confused