Did you see any larvae or eggs. Just a few drone cells doesn’t sound good.Inspected my hive today as the weather is so lovely. First time we have managed to get the bees through a winter so excited to see them so busy in the sunshine, slightly concerned that there is not any capped brood in there.. a few drone cells and that’s all I can see. Found the queen and she is unmarked, the queen that was in there was a marked one from 2020 so she has been replaced Which I did not know until now.
should I worry yet or just keep checking now the better weather is here. Has the cold weather slowed the queen down and should I be seeing capped brood by now. There is about 5 frames of bees so still lots of bees in there.
lots of pollen coming in and they are all very busy.
any advice welcome
there are a few dotted drone cells around the edge. Going to check again in a few days and see if there is any change. Lots of pollen in there and honey and a very healthy looking unmarked queen..No capped brood implies she only started laying 10 days ago - which does seem late? What other brood do to you see? Where was the drone brood - edges of brood nest or dotted around.