This is our first (and right now, only) hive. We had a short-lived attempt when we lived in Maine; sad story, bees came early, weather not friendly, newbie mistakes, dead bees. Two years later, we're in Southern Oregon and trying again. Got a large swarm and installed it mid April. It's about 4-5 weeks in.
Bees seem to be doing great. They are foraging like mad and are bringing in a lot of pollen. Even some red pollen now.
We did a fairly "full" inspection after two weeks of leaving them alone after the last one. Out of 24 bars, about 17 have comb in varying degrees of done-ness on them. Of those, 15 have capped brood (worker and drone) and larvae. We did have some burr comb and had a bit of a comb misadventure with a couple chunks falling off as we tried to remove bars. I was holding one bar for the husband of fairly "done" comb, mostly drone brood, and suddenly --PLONK. Most of the comb falls straight down to the ground. Didn't shake it, turn it flatwise or anything, just holding it as it had come out of the hive waiting for him to take care of some burr comb.
We did find a hairclip and used that and a zip tie to affix a piece of comb back to the bar, but since we could only repair one, we went for the mostly worker brood instead of the "drone comb". (Sorry boys.)
I have to say, the girls are EXTREMELY forgiving of us. With lots of brood now, I expected they might not be so nice AND what with the comb mishaps, I expected offended bees. Other than a general WTF! buzz from the bees landing on the ground, they more or less ignored us. No stings, no clinging bees. We put things as right as we could, gave them some more bars to work with and closed up.
We were wondering why so many drone comb throughout the hive, but from what I've read so far, it seems to be a "normal/happy bees" thing? We have yet to find the queen, but someone is cranking out brood like mad. We did fuss a little that she might have fallen with that comb, but we don't think so.
We try not to bother them too much other than peeks in the window. It's pretty cool keeping them so far, though I'm not sure if they'll make honey-only comb anytime soon. Maybe June. Not sure if there's a flow after the blackberries around here.
I'm hoping we can get one more hive going this month, while there are swarms out there to be put in them and while the flow is on. Husband is not 100% comfortable building our own hive though I think we can do it for about $70 of materials. The cheapest TBH I've seen around here is $185.00.
Anyway, that's our adventure so far. These forums have been great for information!