I just did my 2nd week checkup and might be over concerns but I have a few issues I need help with. The hive does not seem to be growing
it looks like (from a distance) that many of the bees have some sort of white growth on there upper bodies. When I get close it seems like my bees are just extra hairy compared to photos and videos I have watched. Is this something obvious I don’t know about? Or just lack of experience and normal?
I do not see any new eggs. (Wondering if the queen was mated correctly)
the bees are not drawing new comb wondering if there are not enough young bees to produce it)
pollen is being collected but I can not see it being stored anywhere.
The bees have had sugar water, protein mix and a banana or two as a support food source for the two weeks since they were introduced to the hive.
Any suggestions, recommendations or just being told to wait longer appreciated.