Re: New, can't find queen
If there are wide gaps between boxes I would put tape over them to prevent unwanted bees from entering.
Someone referred to 2:1 syrup as being two parts water to one sugar. Normally, when referring to syrup, 2:1 is TWO sugar to ONE water.
I don't know what size boxes you're using but you might want to get things setup for Winter. Michael Bush uses a 5:3 syrup regardless of the season. Five sugar...
What is the hive configuration? 8 frame, 10 frame, deep/medium? Think Winter.
5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...