–from Barbara, Medford NJ
I live in southern New Jersey. Last August I acquired a Russian queen and hoped that the colony would collect enough honey to survive the winter. In October they only had 4 frames of honey stored, I assumed that they would not get through the winter, so I took the hive body in the house and placed a piece of Plexiglas over the top. I also gave them 1/4 of a global patty which they have been eating. I have a tube that runs from the hive body to the window which the bees use to make cleansing flights on nice days. Everything seems to be going well.
They are uncapping the honey to eat and they mostly just seem to hang on the frames. I plan on placing them outside in the spring. I did not check for a queen before I brought them inside and want to know if I have a queen. The frames are placed close together so I cannot see between them. I have not seen any eggs yet. Is this the only ways of telling if I have a queen? They seem calm and was wondering if they did not have a queen would they act unusual. Does anyone know how to check if a hive is queenless without opening the hive? Thank you, Barbara