I have a hive of Italians that was probably OK coming out of the winter until I worked them too early. My rookie mistakes left them with about four medium frames of bees. The queen is laying - there are eggs, larvae, and capped cells. The laying pattern is not solid, but not spotty either. But through the spring flow, they haven't increased.
It has been a cool, wet spring here and is just now really summer. However, a new package right beside this hive is thriving. I have tried to feed them, but they are not interested in 50/50 sugar water. Right now I am playing the wait-and-see game, hoping they will begin to increase in population.
Is there any real action I can take? Or should I just keep my hands off and let them do their thing? I would consider requeening but I don't really see evidence that she is the problem.