It has been a month now since I received my two hives. Thanks to this forum I have learned a lot. I have a question: Since placing the hives, one of them has flourished, bee population is strong and I have taken one super of honey from it and gave them more room by adding a deep box. They have taken to the box and are happy.
The other hive was smaller only two medium boxes. This hive doesn't seem to be growing in numbers although there is significant foraging activity and they are taking feed to the tune of one quart a day. I am feeding them 1:1 sugar syrup with HBH added. I did an inspection of the top super two weeks ago, comb was drawn out on all ten frames and full of honey. so I placed another medium on it in hopes of seeing the bee population explode but I am not seeing any growth. Maybe someone can tell me if this is normal or at least point me in the right direction as to what to do.
I was going to check for a queen but my smoker went out and the bees were VERY mad, I had to close it up.
An observation, The large hive shows signs of verroa mites, very low count, but still there. while the small hive shows no sign of pests.