We had a successful first inspection today. Some things we noticed:
Hive was quite agitated. Perhaps too much smoke and/or not waiting a minute before I opened the top.
Bees are building on one side of the brood box and not from the center out. I think this is because we rescued a feral colony and didn’t put the full frames (rubber banded in) in the center. So I moved the full frames to the center and left the empty ones on the outside. Made sure the frames were smushed together.
I removed some empty comb that didn’t have any brood for honey but was just hanging in the box.
Saw the queen on the top of the inner cover.
Saw lots of capped brood and some larvae.
In four weeks, there are about four full frames and the rest empty.
My only concerns at this point are: aggressive bees, and slow building of comb. And I hope the queen made it back in after inspection. I leaned the cover against the hive as I recall learning this in training.
I wish I could have taken a picture but i had enough on my hands managing the frame check and staying slow and calm.
Thoughts or feedback? Thank you!