Hi, I am a new beekeeper using a Warre hive populated with local bees in a National nucleus conversion-to-warre box. Bees arrived end of May settled well and built comb in first Warre box very quickly. Then stopped, despite having an additional box to spread into. I know the issue of space is complex and ensured there was enough physical space for further comb building if they wanted to – but they didn’t and swarmed. The hive built up numbers but has swarmed again this week leaving low bee numbers. Bees have plenty of foraging : hay meadows, orchards, gardens and woodland and hedgerow, (needle in haystack job to see where the swarms have gone). I worried that, with bad weather, they hadn’t enough stores for comb building so I have fed them the past couple of weeks. I am taken aback that they have swarmed again and not sure that remnant is strong enough to survive. Would merge it with another colony if I had more hives. Disappointing start to bee-keeping. Any thoughts?
Catharine Gloucestershire/North Wiltshire border