Below is a copy of an email I sent to the company I bought my hive from and am looking for a second opinion as to whether I am on the right track or not. My NUC, Italian queen, picked up here in Texas was set up on 2 June. I never saw the queen and was sent one for free for replacement and I did a hive check on both 6/16 & 6/17 to try and confirm whether I missed the queen or not.
"I may have a problem. I received the queen in USPS mail no problem (re-queen), one worker died but the rest were fine (on 6/7/12). I put her in the hive Thursday afternoon, 6/7. On Sat. 6/9 I checked to see if she got out of her shipping cage, no problem and found her in the hive. The following week on Sat. morning, 6/16, I inspected the hive to check for egg laying plus looking for the queen. I could not find the queen and could see no eggs. I now have two deep frames nearly full of honey and some pollen. On frame that was in the NUC I received was wax foundation only (no comb) and it now has an area of about 4 inches across of new comb, no eggs or honey. The other frame received in the NUC (Order #XXX) is now filling up with honey and pollen, no eggs and the brood that was there has all hatched. At this point they have not started building comb on my new wax coated plastic (black) frames, but they are always some bees found on every frame."
"Your advice on my perceived problem would be greatly appreciated. If you think I need to re-queen again I will pay for this one, but I also know of nothing I have done wrong. Thank you again for your time and support. I have really enjoyed sitting near my hive and watching their activity."
Have I done anything wrong and am I rightfully concerned? I have a standard 10 frame starter set from Dadant, no issues there. Any advice of what to do or look for would be greatly appreciated as I want my first hive adventure to be successful. I do have a top feeder (the kind with two sections and wood floats with Honey Bee Healthy patty on one side and 1:1 sugar (organic/vegan) with Honey Bee Healthy added to that. I try to stay out of the hive and do sit and watch them bring in pollen etc. There are still enough bees to cover 3 frames fully, plus some on the balance of the other frames.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and support, and I will answer all queries if I did not provide the right background information.