I am a new beekeeper and installed a double nuc a week ago. I was reading about top entrances from Michael Bush's website and made myself a migrator cover with the opening the long way. I closed up the bottom entrance today at 5 pm and three hours late found 100+ bees on the bottom of the SBB outside the hive. Weather is clear and in the low 60's with rain tomorrow.
I have the bees in a deep with 8 frames of drawn comb and 2 of foundation and one shallow super with 9 frames and no foundation other than a starter strip 1" wide.
I live in SE Virginia, zone 8a, and it is going to be rainy for the next couple of days. Should I continue to feed? Are there any SE VA beekeepers that can tell me if a honeyflow is on now? The bees are bringing pollen so I assume they are getting nectar as well.
Should I be concerned about the bees on the bottom of the SBB outside the hive? Will they find the top entrance or have I hopelessly confused them? Should I add another shallow super? I plan on running mediums but the shallows were given to me and I have zero money to build boxes now.
Thank you very much for any help.