I received my nuc in late May from a local Beekeeping business. We fed pollen patties and a 1:1 sugar feed for the first 4 weeks following installation. I inspected the hive for the very first time 6 weeks after they had been installed. This is my first hive so I was very nervous -and sweating! I made a video for my local beekeeping business so they could give me feedback but I'll post it here so you guys can give me feedback as well if you like. Needless to say, I had a very small bee colony!
Here is a link to an album of pics from this visit: http://imgur.com/a/7XGAb
I resumed feeding pollen patties and this time tried a 2:1 sugar feed. A gallon lasted 2 weeks and I noticed there were SHB in my top feeder so this second time I inspected I removed the feeder and washed it (with a garden hose) before returning it with more sugar water (2:1) and no patties. During this inspection I noticed that 4 frames seemed to have brood and the outside two frames on either side of the box were pretty much NOT drawn. One of the frames just beside a brood frame seems to be largely capped honey on one side.
Here's a link to the album of this inspection. Not great pics because they're stills from a video (which I'll upload later) my husband took:
I'm very concerned that I'm going to lose my first colony this winter and I don't know what I can do to save them. I would love to have everyone's feedback and thoughts on how to sustain them.