Today I went to a friends who also has a couple beehives. His wife and him manage the hives together and so I was able to be there when they opened up the hives this weekend. There was a lot of anticipation because when they split the hives a few weeks ago, the one queen died. So they had to wait while the bees created a new queen from existing brood. And they were pleasantly surprised that both boxes had a fresh young queen. Unfortunately the boxes had way too many hive beetles. We manually killed at least 20 of them. Maybe more.
I still need to get the new home ready for the last swarm. Maybe tomorrow.