About 10-12 weeks ago we purchased and installed 2 hives of bees.
One hive is doing amazingly well. They've drawn out all frames in the original deep super and are working on a second super. The hive is a frenzy of activity.
The second hive has me extremely worried. They've only filled about 5 frames of the original deep. Plus lately, the activity level of bees leaving the hive has dropped dramatically. You hardly see any foraging bees. When we check, the queen is present and there are capped cells. No dead bees outside the hive. However, the number of bees is considerably less than in the strong hive. I think I'm seeing supercedure cells as well.
Is it normal for foraging to slow to almost a stop during supercedure? What should I do to help this hive along? Just let it go? Anyone have any ideas on what is going on?