First inspection complete and went pretty darned good! (no ?'s, just excited)
Well, because I originally asked on how detailed of a first inspection I felt that I should update.
I did a quick check with a solitary goal of looking for eggs (keeping my eye out for the queen, pollen stores etc). I didn't smoke them to give me a better chance to see the queen. I started both hives last Saturday on foundation with packages. I've been feeding them from the supplied can and my own sugar water (3:2). I pulled frames (held over the hive) with the majority of bees on them to give me the best chance at finding eggs sooner.
I didn't see any pollen stores yet, but have seen some coming in nor did I find the queens. Out of the past 8 days five of them have been cool and rainy.
Hive 1- Queen was out of her cage 2.5 days after install. I didn't see any eggs but did see a fair amount of syrup stored. About 4 days into it I did see several on the front porch, facing the entrance fanning the hive. It was more warm than previous days but far from hot. I hope it wasn't a "Hey come back here queen" move.
Hive 2- The workers attempted to get the queen out, evident by candy that was eaten. However she couldn't get out due to dead workers in her cage so I pulled the cork, reset the cage and came back several hours later to an empty cage. This hive goes through twice as much sugar/water as Hive1 and it shows with more comb and more bees in the hive. I waited 30 minutes between installs to help alleviate drifting but I'm guessing they drifted after all. I also saw, what I would bet money on, were a chunk of eggs laid already.
I'll give them another quick check next weekend and if I don't see eggs yet in Hive1 I might consider hitting the panic button.
Just an excited, new beek with a lot to learn. But with so much going on in the hive, will that ever change?