Re: Laying worker or just panicking?
If your hive is still bustling after three months, you should be fine. A laying worker hive goes down hill really quick and is very noticable, especially if it is a package install. Im no expert, but by looking at the pictures and if it is current, it looks like young bees in some of the photos to me.
As far as the comment of bees still fanning at the entrance after being established, they always do that during orientation flights to let the other first time fliers know where their hive is!
As a new beekeeper I strongly suggest going into the hive atleast once a week so you can see whats normal and what is not. You dont have to remove all the frames but maybe even stop at the first frame that you spot eggs or very young larva on. You may even see the queen but locating her is not as important as being able to spot eggs, which takes practice at first.
Ive only been doing this for a year but because I am nosy I have learned to spot some potential problems, not all of them, but enough to know things are either right or wrong. Suit up more often, get hands on and you will be surprised how much you can learn in a short period of time!!
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