For a year I have been researching and reading up on beekeeping in preparation for my first season. I recently purchased and installed 20 3# packages of bees but due to some dire issues I could not assemble the frames before I installed my bees so I went with a top bar style frame in a Langstroth hive. Now I understand that most people inspect their hives right away but I am waiting a week before I open mine up.
I originally intended to go with a screened bottom board with a top entrance and foundationless frames but circumstances dictated that I go with a solid bottom board (it's still fairly cold here and I'm going to change to SBB soon) a top entrance and a top bar for a frame. The bees actually seem happy and are eating upwards of 10 - 20 pounds of sugar (in syrup) a day. The people I bought my bees from told me not to inspect for at least a week after i got the bees but I lost a queen when I was installing (which ran into night time) so I grabbed what I thought was her and chucked her into the hive and closed the hive up. On that particular hive i stuck a bore-scope into one of the entrances and saw that the bees had drawn out quite a bit of comb already but I couldn't tell if they had found a nectar source, (the neighbors 1/4 mile away have an orchard that is in full bloom right now) or if there was brood etc. but they had actually drawn a lot of comb. I suppose my biggest concern is this: Will the top bar set up work well throughout the season or should I make more top bars and assemble the 200 frames and slowly replace the existing top bars with full frames that have cut comb placed into the new frames. I'm just worried about crazy comb that's hard to inspect and generally a big sticky mess.
The hives are on a farm and will be used in an agricultural setting but I must add that in 2 days I will inspect the hives for the first time and release any queens, check for brood, pollen etc. The other thing is that within a half mile of where my hives are located, there is 400 acres of hay which will be blooming in approximately 3 weeks so I am expecting a gargantuan nectar flow at that time.