Hello and thank you for providing feedback for new beekeepers like myself.
I installed my first package last week. After 5 days, I checked the hive - queen was out of her cage but I couldn't see her. Bees seemed happy so I assume she is in there somewhere. No eggs yet, but I was told if there is no sufficient nectar she may delay the egg laying. I was also told to check in a week. One thing that I noticed is that bees do not drink much of the sugar water that I left them (it is in an inside feeder, covered by an empty super, 1-1). They are drawing comb, but some of it is hanging from the frames and not attached to the platforms - should I remove that or leave it? Is that called burr comb? Any feedback is helpful. I read plenty of posts and a few books and nothing prepares you for the real thing.