Hi. I have a TBH from Matt Reed of Beethinking, installed my first package last May. I made some mistakes, but I guess I did enough things right. They swarmed in late July, the bees requeened themselves, and went into the Massachusetts winter with zero honey. I fed them 2:1 syrup in the fall until they stopped taking it, and later made a candy board and suspended it from one of the top bars. In March I got a couple pollen patties in there, also suspended from top bars near the ball of bees.
It was finally warm enough on my day off yesterday to get in there and inspect. I have a queen, larvae and a little bit of capped brood, and the bees were hauling in pollen. My questions are these:
There are about 15 bars with nice straight comb, many with capped and uncapped syrup. Should I just leave the syrup or get it out of there now? If I remove it, do I just scrap that comb?
Should I get the pollen patties out of there now that they are bringing in pollen? The bees are still all over the patties.
The hive has a solid bottom board, and on the hive floor in the area beneath the patties is a lot of grainy debris of sawdust consistency. I may have seen one beetle, but I'm not positive. Should I make an effort to clean that stuff out?
I really appreciate any advice, this board has been very helpful.