I waited a little over a week to inspect Hive #1 again. The weather had been cool during the day time. I didn't want to pull frames on this small hive in colder temperatures.
[Photo - Hive #1 workers clustered over combs]
With temperatures at +13 I decided to go ahead. By then the brood would be capped.
The big question was do they have a real mated queen or a drone layer? The cappings would be the tell-all evidence.
(I wrote about this previously when Janice and I inspected the hive and found a tiny queen).
I don't need to ask the bees, I know they're keen too.