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Greetings all,
Brand new to beekeeping and just installed a package for the first time. I have been reading the posts and comments on this forum for a while and have been overwhelmed by the knowledge present. My first question is "How long should I wait to open the hive and remove the queen cage and check the progress of the colony?"
I don't know what info you would need to advise me here but in short...
10 frame langstroth medium, hive top feeder
Foundationless frames
direct release of the queen (going foundationless)

Thanks for any advice
 

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Should have been more specific. Installed them today. I am feeding them a 1:1 sugar syrup with the hive top feeder from Walter Kelley. Three days is what I was also told by the beekeeper I got the package from but it never hurts to get some reassurance. Thanks.
 

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Haven't joined an association yet. I attended a seminar in New Haven last year. The bees came from AZApiaries out of Hampton. He got them from Wilbanks (sp?) out of GA. I am regretting starting with just one hive. Most people have encouraged two for comparison purposes. I may see if he has any more packages available this year.
 

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As of install the hive was level side to side. I think I need a little more forward tilt for winter condensation but that seems very far away right now. So you are saying go in Day 3, pull the empty cage from the bottom board and check/fix comb. Will do.

Btw, Michael Bush website and book are what made me decide mediums and foundationless. He seems like someone who has forgotten more about bees than I will learn.
 

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Yeah. When I ordered the package I was not exactly sure what I was doing to be honest. I just wanted to be guaranteed some bees. Also, I did not see any local nucs set up for mediums and I was intimidated by the process of rotating out deep frames etc to convert to mediums. Any idea on medium nucs local to CT area?
 
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