Quite a surprise to encounter this in northern Ohio in April.
This, boys and girls is why you don't feed established hives in the spring.
[ You are not allowed to view attachments ]
The former owner of these bees was feeding the hive. And may not have had hardware ready to house them, thus called me. Common mistake, and I may be back to donate a frame of eggs if their new queen doesn't mate out well. (I hope I explained my concerns about their new queen having a tough time finding air-tango partners clearly enough. At least they now know feeding is only for new packages and splits and other intentional stimulus)
There are NO local mature drones here yet. The only chance the new queen has is to meet-up with some package drones for some "afternoon delight". Otherwise, they'll be in need of a good queen soon.
That was just about 30 seconds pre-shake. I was glad I tossed two mediums in to make the call. (plus the 3rd for a "funnel") With about 16 frames of drawn comb, they'll be off to the races next week. Rain next 2 days, so I'll slip them a pollen patty in the morning so queenie can get busy.