I read your note at least twice ! Sounds like your bees are alive n well. Don’t take me wrong but am I reading this correct ? You’ve been OBSERVING your bees thru the window only ?
Young man ! In Beekeeping that’s going to get you over hip deep in bee poop n trouble. Yah ! Time to unpack n test run your new beesuut. Question or statement here ! “Curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction (get down n sticky) brought it back ! “. I’m sure upon all hope your girls didn’t get too creative in the windowless brood box (where all the action is ) …,
Let’s get that suit on n zipped, recheck the zippers (don’t want any ladies looking at you from inside The Vail ! Slide into those gloves … if you have a smoker (great time to practice that interesting fire skill). I seldom use mine unless they appear frisky.
I use to go thru the routine few times in my brain … at 72 yrs it’s more auto but still nice to double check you have everything you need.
What ever you find note n enjoy. This is a FIRST ! Awesome ! Start by carefully remove one wall/outside frame (slow n carefully) . If you don’t have a metal frame hanger (always handy but not a have to) lean it again the brood box after gazing it over. (Reslly don’t want to have Queenie out side the box) ., with that one empty space you can gently move each side ways n lift out to explore the amazing wonders of your Bee Colony n ask yourself why have I blessed myself getting in here earlier. Don’t pain, take you time, n study each frame for maybe capped honey, liquid nectar, pollen n their rainbow of colors, eggs, larva, beautiful capped pupae ! If you eggse n/or tiny larva your queen is doing her job well. If you have a camera … clicked a few n share !! Replacing frames carefully, in same order n direction (the first in each new hive I add an “X” to the entrance end of each frame. That way I don’t forget which end was which. (Maybe less stress) (simplifies remembering) .,
You may or may not have to straighten things up (I pray not). If your frames were/are at 80% usuage pop the Super back on with the QE under it. If the colony hasn’t gotten to that approximate 80 level ., leave it off.
Others have given a note or two here also. These are good n wise thots. Now button the hive up. Congrats ., your on your real Beekeeping voyage! Write down notes before you forget where you saw what … read your notes before next time n note what’s different or changed !
n always enjoy.