I inspected my 4 hives today. They were 4 frame nucs installed in 10 frame brood boxes on May 20th.
All 4 appear about same no real growth in the number of frames....
All activity is still in 4 frames. Some comb starting in other frames but minimal....
A queen was spotted in one of the hives,
I have not seen any eggs but might not be able to see them - Newbeee...I did find a queen cell that openned not destroyed - so? maybe new queen??
lots of leathery brood cells
one foundation had what looked like uncapped brood cells with white large larvae in them?
The weather was warm and we just had a week of cool wet weather.
The bees sound fine very calm with minimal smoke....
Today they are entering with tons of pollen in their sacs....
My question is without seeing eggs how can you tell whether its healthy or not.
At this rate will they even fill one 10 frame brood box by end of summer 4 months?
I was expecting them to be further along, is there anything I can do to strengthen the colony
I fed sugar water 3-1 up until a week ago, they were sucking it up like crazy (then I read on here you shouldnt feed??)
Is there a way to suplement them to help them feed, pollen etc?
So confused.. Any help?