Sigh! I think I just had a swarm. I didn't see them actually coming out of my hive, but they were right in the yard coming from that area.
Here's my story. This is the first time I've had bees. The person who got me the nuc said to get medium boxes, so I did. But when the nucs came, they were in regular boxes, so I had to put two mediums together to fit the frames.
He said, "Just let the bees fill out the combs and then lift them up and out." But after three weeks, the bees had filled all the empty space below the large frames (they are shorter than two mediums) with large chunks of comb. I tried one time to inspect the hive, but one of the combs fell off, and all that work was destroyed. Comb, brood, and eggs---and honey. :(
A couple of weeks later, I looked again, and the frames were not drawn out on the outside..only up the middle. So, I tried to slide the longer frames to the side and put the empty ones more in the middle. But again, moving them knocked off one of the clumps of comb. (A piece about 4 inches tall and 8 inchse long.) I was still feeding them sugar water. Well, on Mem. Day, I thought I'd take the feeder off and put on another box. Even though I had no idea what was happening underneath. It was a big mess with comb everywhere, and still nothing on some of the frames. So, I thought they had plenty of room. But, still I added another box.
Well, that's when (about a half hour after I took the feeder away and put on another box) I saw the swarm.
Today there are still many bees circling around the front entrance of the hive.(Oh, and they had been doing that for about a week...lots of bees just hanging out there) They are still there. So there are bees there...but I don't know if there's a queen or what. A book I read said that I should leave them alone for a week, but look inside before TWO weeks.
But I'm not sure what to look for. Or what to do.
Maybe this is why hobbiests should leave the beekeeping up to the professionals.