Today - Second day of my spring break - 70 degree plus - (we got SNOW Sunday) and I thought I finally had a day to reverse my hives. Everything went great - textbook perfect - till I got to HIVE 4: I still had the shim on it from the sugar because I knew I was taking them all off today - we have still had bitterly cold weather even this weekend. Anyway these Russian ladies built a comb - attached it to the inner cover and there were about 5 rows all about the length of an innercover and about 3 inches long. Now if you were out our place today and saw me at a distance, you would literally seen a big question mark over my head because I literally did not know what to do??? I couldn't leave it because there was no place for it, so I went ahead and reversed the hives and then I just thought I would take my hive tool and take all the comb off. I was so scared because I saw larvae, and upon a close look - see, I saw it full of eggs. I was so careful to look for the queen, but I never saw her. I was going to do away with the comb with the eggs, larvae, etc, but I thought I just couldn't do that, so I took the pieces and tied them to a sheet of foundation from a new hive body and tried to place them close to the center of the hive. I don't know if any will survive/ I just hope my queen is ok. My question is: How much did I hurt this hive, and if my queen was in that mess and I didn't see her would she go back into the hive with the other bees? This is a HUGE hive - I mean a monster - I even went ahead and put that new hive body on top thinking if they are that busy, they will have it full quick. I know this is one I am going to have to split, and I thought a 3rd hive body would make the split easier later on??? Don't know if that was right to do either> These Russians were MAD too! This has always been my more aggressive hive, but I have peeped in on them and feed them without any bee suit, but today they meant business. I am GLAD I was suited up. And I discovered that they still had A LOT of honey. When can I go back in that hive to check and see if my queen is still there? I know if I just see eggs I am happy and I go no further. All I know is my back is killing me and I want to cry. :cry: But I did do that one time spring cleaning/check and all is well with my bees. I am going to have to do some splits and I think I will just let them raise a queen because she is the bees-knees~ THANKS FOR YOUR WISE INPUT!!