I installed a package on May 17. This is my first hive. In the weeks since, the colony has been growing - lots of brood and lots of bees. Lots of activity in front of the hive with bees coming and going.
I installed my package into a 10-frame medium super on duragilt foundation (because I broke the wax foundation for the hive body and had to reorder, :doh
. I fed 1:1 syrup for the first 3 weeks or so, then stopped. On June 7, I saw they had filled at least 7 frames of the medium, so I added the hive body with wax foundation.
The bees have gradually been drawing out comb. As of yesterday, they had about 6 frames drawn in the hive body, with about 4 frames of that filled with brood.
My concern: I have not seen any honey -- it seems like all the comb they've been drawing out is used for brood.
** Do I need to be concerned that they have not yet started storing honey? (Or is this normal for new package 60 days after installation?)
** Do I maybe need to keep feeding syrup to assist with comb production?
It seems to me, the newbie, that the colony is healthy in that they are multiplying and are active. No obvious signs of trouble, aside from my not seeing any honey.
If it matters, we had 2 weeks of very hot weather here in PA. I added a Sundance I pollen trap a week ago, which is capturing maybe 2 or 3 tablespoons of pollen a day, so there's not a lot of pollen out there; I don't know about nectar.
My hive configuration currently consists of SBB, a sundance I pollen trap, a medium super, a hive body, a feeder which I have kept filled with water, and then inner cover and top.
Thanks for any advice.