The overwintered nucleus is about month ahead of the swarm control nuc.
The former has a fully built out brood colony and a lot - a serious lot - of bees in the hive and has filled out four of the ten super frames full of honey. Come on this weather. They have not capped the honey yet as they let it evaporate to the right consistency first. So I can see it shining in the cells. By next week or the week after I may have to put on a second super...blimey that’s fast work.
the latter is a bit of a worry. They are a smaller colony and clearly she is a weaker queen and not producing at the speed of the other one. They are still only building their brood out and have not laid down any food in the super frames. They have capped honey in the brood chamber so they know what they are doing. the amount of capped brood is much less than the more established colony.
That is all to be expected given the stages they were at when I put them in. Fingers crossed they get good weather and nectar flow for a couple of months.