There should be a pretty constant stream of bees coming and going from the hive and a lot of them should have pollen on their legs. That should give you a pretty good clue at least.at this point how would i determine if there is still a queen? i cannot go through thousands of bees looking for one that looks slightly different.
Pure white is what it's going to look like. I know it's been said 1000 times on here... but DO NOT bend that comb just hold it straight up and down like it hangs in the hive. How big did the comb seem? Have you checked the hive inside at all since you installed them? If not it is probably time to make sure they aren't building strange comb. I'd be leary of leaving the window open that long with a new hive, that's a big hole in the side of their house that they might not like.So late last night (after dark) i went out and watched them through the observation window. After about an hour a small hole opened up in the ball where i could see a couple inches in and there was comb. it looked almost pure white, but there was comb.
Should I go in today with the smoker and make sure the comb is vertical without any cross-combing or should i wait until i can see a few combs?
I wouldn't be too worried that you direct released her, a lot of people do this. I wish I would have done this on mine. If they've been together for a few days you don't have too much to worry about directly releasing her.uh, with a direct release of the queen, you may not have one anymore. When were these pictures taken? I see bees still in the package, and they shouldn't be there unless these pictures were the day you installed the package. If they don't have a queen's pheromones to hold them together, they may not be making any comb.
No, I don't think so, it's just them building. We installed two packages May 5th. One of them built FULL combs from the very beginning. The other has a greater number of combs started but none of them have been fully built. They will build them more or less fully at some point, but I don't think your observation window has much to do with it. The hive that has an observation window is the one of mine that's built out fully. The one without has the partials.well i checked yesterday and there are 6 or 7 combs with some cells capped. I did notice that none of the combs come within 2 inches of the observation window. Do you think this is because my 4 year old likes to go check on them every day and they are scared of the opening and closing?