Well, the Italian hive is dead. They starved out, they tried to raise drones, but had no food. There were too few workers to transfer a brood frame to the hive. I put on a feeder to try to help them, but that did them in, they were raided by the Carniolans.
I'm leaving the Italian boxes as a swam box, if the Carniolans swarm maybe they will move next door. Though I should probably move it a bit away from the other hive. I've heard that will help if they swarm.
I put on a 3rd 9 frame super 1.5 weeks ago, and that now has 5 frames partially drawn. I put on a 4th 9 frame super with the queen excluder in between. I also moved 2 partially drawn frames up into the top box, we'll see if the bees move up stairs.
May CHICKS are here!
2 weeks ago