No propolis in 2-week old hive? Is this unusual?
I installed a 3# package of Italians 2 weeks ago. They are doing really well in all respects as far as I (a newbie) can tell, despite the lousy weather. Lots of drawn comb and brood in a solid pattern (some capped already), lots of pollen and syrup "honey" surrounding brood, etc. I have noticed, however, that there is absolutely no propolis anywhere in the hive -- not a single speck, not even to seal some minor cracks at the interface between the base and the hive body. I know that propolis is considered a nuisance to beekeepers, so maybe I should consider myself lucky. I'm guessing that maybe it's just not high on their "list" of priorities since they are so busy drawing comb, collecting nectar and pollen, feeding brood, etc. It's really just a matter of curiosity for me, so I'm wondering if anyone has noticed this in new colonies. Thanks!
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