So on June 16th I got my first bees from a friend. We made a split with three frames and introduced a caged queen from Randy Oliver. I did an inspection last wednesday (July 17) and saw the first eggs I've seen in the hive so far along with a couple larvae. This was a very small patch, maybe 10 cells total. Assuming the queen took 3 days to be released and started laying at least 3 days prior to the inspection, is this an unreasonable amount of time for a queen to being laying? It is 32 days-3days-3more days= +-26 days she has been in the hive doing nothing. I have been feeding but in this total time they have only taken 3 quarts and there is tons of empty space for the queen to lay. I have been feeding 1:1 syrup to encourage them to draw comb as they only have 3 drawn frames with the rest mixed foundation and foundationless, but they have not touched any of the other frames. Should I switch to 2:1 syrup to build up their stores?
Also I am not sure about the pollen flows in my area (East Bay) so should I feed a pollen substitute to encourage brood rearing? I have looked at some different subs and Randy Oliver's study so am leaning towards Ultrabee. Is it worth the extra cost over the beepro? I noticed Dadant also sells Brood Builder in a 25lb bag for $40 which is obviously much cheaper but I am unsure if this is an area where I want to be cheap. Does anyone have any experience with this specific pollen sub?
Any advice on my many questions would be greatly appreciated