Good news: The natural swarm hive has eggs!
I took another quick look in to the swarm hive and actually took the time to brush some bees away closer to the middle of the combs. There were eggs!!! That means the queen is in there and happily laying away! That means that in a few weeks we are going to see a nice increase in their numbers~
I moved the super small “leftovers colony” in to one of my swarm boxes and their comb is absolutely crazy. There is a bit of nectar stored in some of the cells, and there was one (1) completed honey cell. The rest of the cells were strewn about with eggs and larvae of drones. Since this is a queenless colony, and has been for well over a month, maybe two, the workers have been laying unfirtelized eggs in the cells.
All in all, this colony is a disaster and I needed to free up that hive anyways. I’ll let them smell up one of my swarm boxes until they die off, so that maybe they will gather me up a useful colony of bees.
This is just a testimant to the durability of honeybees. Even in the face of collapse, they continue to work and build and make more bees.
Though a sizeable portion of their colony is drones now, so they will never make honey.
Estimated total of bees in this colony: less than 200