This year has not been a good year for honey. Hives have been slow to build up and 4 out of 5 hives in Findlay went queenless in July. These hives did not appear to have swarmed, but two did have swarm cells present and I used these to requeen the other two hives. One hive had been queenless long enough that there was no open brood and most of the sealed brood had hatched. I believe I caught the hives before they actually swarmed as the bee populations did not appear to be lower than the week before. I did miss the one queenless hive that did not apparently have resources to make a new queen, fortunately I found some swarm cells to help them out. All hives are queen right at this time. This issue in Findlay is most likely the reason for lack of honey production. The hive are located right next to a wildflower field that has been in bloom most of the summer and is currently displaying new flowers.
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