Package Compared to a Swarm
I found a swarm the day after I installed a package of bees. The swarm was about the same size as the package.
At first the swarm was really active and started bring back pollen right away. I tried to feed them at first but they would not take it.
Now, one month later the swarm has about 1/4 the activity as the package.
Everything looks OK inside the hive, but they are building more slowly then the package.
What can I do to help these bees?
I checked the swarm for mites and found 10 Varroa mites on the board in a 24 hour period.
Is this too many?
Any comments are welcome.