I have a few issues. First is these black cells that I have in newly drawn frames. They are on the frames that are second in from each side (1 on each side). are the black cells actually dead brood that turned black? all my other frames have nice white moist looking brood and what I believe is a lot of capped brood (reddish brown caps).
next, I installed the five frame nuc on july 8. the 2 outer frames are untouched (they are plastic foundation, and I just switched them to wax) the next two frames in (1 on each side) each have one side nicely working, built way out, but no brood or caps. so I guess if you add the halves, I have 7 frames drawn out. Is it ok to wait til next weekend to add my second hive body? and is this hive taking exceptionally long to fill up? I will say, my bee population has definitely increased, which makes me feel good.
I think all is well, but could use a little reassurance and advice if anyone feels I am making mistakes. Thanks.