Yes I only have the brood box in place atm..And yes the brood box isnt 80% full yet, good amount of bees in it though.
Im in Stirling and watching the other hive over the weekend during warm weather, bees were bringing in pollen and nectar so mealtime isnt an issue for them currently.
Given the cold weather and constant rain over the last day or 2, I'm hesitant to go in opening hives up. Bees do get rather cranky so i placed a Boardman feeder at the new hive last nite with some sugar syrup.
Skeggley the new brood box is sitting nearby a lemon tree, almond tree, bottlebrush and various other natives that i cant identify, there is plenty of established trees nearby.
Even though ive not put a frame of brood or honey inside, they haven't left. I feel because there is plenty of drawn comb and some left over honey, its keeping the bees there as its probably no point moving on since its so cold.
I was watching bees bring out dead bees and completing hive maintenance last nite.. Gut feel is they have settled in, possibly over the weekend looking at the forecast i might transfer a frame of brood and honey, milder weather.
Thanks for the replies folks