What is your sense of the temperament of the bees at the front of the hive? It's your intuition that develops along the question you asked that will answer it. A mentor would help, possibly. And the bees will help you take care of that "patience" thingI installed my new hive 6 days ago. How soon is it ok to check on them and remove the queen cage. The beekeeper I got them from said 15 days but I am not a patient woman. Is there any problem with checking them sooner?
Fun! I was showing my young'uns the cells filled with syrup this morning. It's my first year and it started with a 2.5 month delay, wherein we missed the major flows. Yippee! So now I'm the sugar king. Perhaps next year... Two of these three hives are taking the same amount as yours, and the (third)combo hive seems more interested in foraging than the syrup.Thanks Doc, I am glad I checked them yeserday. Was so exciting. I had five frames in with the empty box. My queen is good, I could see the tiny little white eggs and three of the frames had comb drawn. I am feeding them. They are taking a 12ounce jar a day. I did see nectar and pollen in the cells. Didnt look for too long cause I was worried about leaving in open for too long. Next week I am going to check and also take a pic of each frame to study later. Thanks for help.