I agree with Birch. This page seems to have good advice. When I read this post, it was right after inspecting my new, first hive and I see some similar things. I had black ants on top, so I brushed them off. None were inside. I looked, but didn’t happen to see the queen. I did see larva in some cells. I was hoping to be able to add my second brood box today, but I don’t think I am ready. My box has the frames ordered in an east to west orientation. The east side gets first sun and I noted last week that they seem to have focused their efforts on the east. I had the 5 nuc frames in order with one empty, foundationless on the east and two on the west. The east, which was about 30% built out last week is now solid and I was able to pull it for inspection easily. They still have not touched the two empties on the west, but the westernmost nuc frame, which had a plastic foundation is now heavy with honey to the best of my knowledge. Not many bees on it, but capped and white and the frame feels like it weighs maybe 5 lbs. I was wondering if moving it all the way west would encourage them maybe to build out the two empties on my west side? My eyes are not very well trained and I didn’t want to spend too much time looking for the queen, but I easily spotted several drones in there. It also seemed like there were a lot more bees than last inspection. Last week I took my gallon bucket feeder out of the top of the hive (sitting in the empty flow box with the roof on it) because they were barely taking the syrup and I have been seeing them bring back a steady flow of pollen to the entrance during the days. Again, I am thankful that the people commenting on this page seem helpful and not judgmental (like you see nowadays on all fb groups, etc.).