[Question] Why would bees make a ball outside the hive with NO QUEEN
We're beginner beekeepers with our first two hives. We got our nukes later in the year and they didnt build their numbers well enough to survive winter. Instead, we made a bee room on our front porch and we planned on just feeding them inside. The temp on the porch isn't going below 50F, on a sunny day it gets to 85F. When things start blooming we'll open some exterior windows so they can go out and forage.
Both hives still have their queens and nurse bees t least inside their boxes. BUT, we have a big beeball in the top of the southeast corner of the porch. My husband searched the ball, there's no queen in it.
Does anyone have an idea of what that ball is up to? We're trying a wait and see approach. But if anyone has insights, I'd love to hear it.
And yes, we know that this might have been a terrible idea.