Today was my first hive inspection 5 days after installation.
The combs have barely been drawn out and I cant find eggs or a queen. Queen cage was empty. I removed the combs around the cage; no eggs but a few filled with a watery substance. There is some pollen, no capped honey, and most frames haven't been touched.
Question: if I dropped my queen on the grass can she find her way back?
I need advice I'm a newbie and I'm losing confidence!