Hello I'm a beginner at keeping bees (Northern Vermont). I just installed two nucs (5frame) last week. During installation I looked for the queen in both nucs and didn't have any luck finding them. To begin, we fed them pollen patties and installed a hive top feeder. We only added about 6 cups of 1:1 sugar water to each hive top feeder to begin.
After 5 days we checked on the hives to see how they were doing. One hive had already started to draw out comb on two of the new frames with foundation. The other hive hadn't started to draw any comb yet on the new foundation. Is the second hive just a little weaker and it's going to take longer. Is there something we should be doing to help them along?
During the inspection after the five days, we looked the queens again and the results were the same, no luck. There are so many bees on the frames, its hard to focus and look at each and everyone of them. Does anyone have a trick or a routine to use that helps you locate the queen?