Hello everyone!! After receiving my bees on April 30, I checked on them the first time on May 6th and refilled the feeders and quickly put everything back together. 12 days later, today, I checked again, and...
I did NOT see the queen, but I did see lots of capped brood. Maybe on 3-4 frames and some honey. They were not aggressive like I thought they would be.
I also put a 'grease patty' on the top of the brood chamber as instructed in Beekeeing for dummies book which is made out of crisco, honey, and granulated sugar for traechal mites. Their feeders were also empty, so I filled each of those.
I seen the capped brood, so I figure the queen had to be somewhere.
My questions are: when is the next time I should check on them? Another 2 weeks from now? And when do I stop giving them sugar water?? The entrance reducer, I have it on the smallest opening right now, do I change it to the larger opening when it gets warmer (it's been up to 80 here) or wait until those babies hatch?
One hive has a lot more brood than the other, maybe by a frame or so.
Any thoughts on this?
Thanks for always being so kind to answer and help me