He all, just installed my 2 nucs last Monday (6 days ago). Since then, both hives have appeared to be equally active.
I did my first inspection on both hives today. One hive looks as normal as I had expected it to be...marked queen, drones, workers, drawing out new comb, capped brood, cells with pollen and honey, etc.
The other hive is different. I couldn't find my marked queen (watched her get marked and put in the hive), and I didn't see any bees large enough to be drones. The workers are all busy drawing out new comb and bringing in pollen and doing everything else as normal as I expected. I found capped and uncapped larva in some cells but they're on the fames that came with the nuc so I'm not sure if that really tells me anything or not. I did not find anything that resembles queen cells on any of the frames. I'm trying not to panic over not seeing the queen because I know she gets overlooked sometimes...I'm just wondering if there's any way of determining that she's there based on everything else I observed. Also, is it possible not to have any drones?
One other odd thing that did appear on one frame in the suspect hive was about 8 cells that looked like they had a solid white substance in them. The cells looked open and filled with it. It looked solid and not liquid. I took a couple of pics but they turned out too blurry to tell anything from them. Next time I'm in there I'll try to take a better pic. Not sure what it is or if it's even anything to be concerned about...thought I'd include it in case it sheds any light on my problem.