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I've recently got my first hive and bought some bees from a local guy in Nashville. We just went out to one of his Langstroth hives and shook the bees off the supers into my hive. Then he caught the queen and put her in and I ran home and set it up in my yard. That was a week ago today, which was 7/2. The problem seems to be that the bees aren't doing much. About ninety percent of them just pile up on the outside of the hive. A few are inside building a single piece of comb, but I would think they should be farther along by now. They don't even go in at night. It's been suggested that I open another entrance hole (for a totol of three) which I did. It's been suggested I open my bottom board, which I did. And I also moved my follower board down and added a few more bars to the end for a total of eight bars. Made most of these changes yesterday evening, and as of this morning, they're still just sitting there on the outside. I do have some mid-day shade. But I have fences on three sides, so maybe there's not enough of a breeze. I really don't think this is an issue, because I can feel the breeze while I'm at the hive. Am I just impatient? Am I worrying about nothing? Anybody have and suggestions or ideas? As I said, I'm brand new to this. Thanks.
 

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Today has only been 7 days! Plus there has been a heat wave! So yes your being impatient! Wait a few more days to give them some more time to get used to their surroundings and then inspect the drawn comb that they do have! Good Luck!
 

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Thanks for the advise. I'm just nervous that all my pretty bees will just fly away. I'll try to be patient.
 

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Well if you done everything that you was suppose to do, why worry about it?? Plus if they wasnt happy they would of took off several days ago! So far its been a week and they are still there so your doing good! Its time to take the diapers off and let them be bees!!! :lpf:
 

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:lpf: HAHAHA Now what you need to do is set inspection dates, write down notes and this way here you know what to look for from going by what you have seen the last time you inspected. Before you know it you will have 100 hives! With all of them still wearing diapers!!....:lpf:
 
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