Howdy Folks, I am new to this facinating world of beekeeping
Started with 2 Nucs on 5/8. here are some progress notes and status. Need your thoughts on what I did, what I am seeing and where the hives are today.
Moved 5 frame nucs into deep hives the next morning after bringing them home, let set a couple days.
Added hive top feeders.. feeding HBH in Sugar water
On 5/19, opened hives found queens laying and bees building out comb, rotated outside frame in one, added 2nd deep box and 10 frames to each hive
Both hives taking 2 quarts of 1:1 every 3-4 days.
6/15, opened both hives inspect top and bottom boxes, good brood patterns, lots of capped honey (sugar water?) in the outside frames of the upper and lower boxes. However, very little pollen. both brood boxes pretty much full of Brood and honey.
6/20, both hives taking 2 qts of 1:1 every other day!! I went ahead and placed honey supers to both, not as much to get honey but to get the combs built out for next year. Still feeding with no HBH, straight 1:1 sugar water.
6/25, supers on both hives have some comb being built out on most of the frames, installed queen excluders on both... added pollen substitute patties. Still feeding 1:1, both hives taking 2 qts in 1 to 2 days.
So, my questions.
1. Should I be concerned about these hive building out so fast or is this fairly normal?
2. Low pollen, I started feed pollen subtsitute... good, bad? I want to eventually avoid feeding but trying to get as much comb and brood as possible being the first season
3. Things I should or should not be doing??
Appreciate any feeback suggestions.
And yes, I tried to peek in on them on a cloudy rainy overcast afternoon and was stung on my finger.. OUCH!! won't do that again.