New first time beekeepers here in Manasquan New Jersey NJ.
We have a new 6 frame flow hive cedar. Built it all up and installed a new 3lb package. I am planning on adding another 8 frame brood box once they build the started 8 frame box out. I have been reading, watching, videos and learning a lot. I am using a top feeder and feeding the colony. Our first inspection is this saturday which will be one week after installation. I had fashioned a single hole reducer and had that on, but there was so much activity coming out and trying to get back in that I opened it up a bit, to allow another 2 - 3 inches of entrance. They have been coming and going with sacs full of pollen. Seems pretty steady except when it rains which in this part of NJ has been nearly daily for over a week. Our bees were in their package for nearly 5 days before we installed them due to rain and just how long it took us to get them. I suspect they needed to get out for cleaning and orientations. That said, we had a couple solid days of 70+ dry weather and there was steady activity all day. I check on them constantly like a nervous dad! We had an immediate ant problem which caught me off guard so I fashioned moats, cinnamon, grease and just about everything else I read. They are slowly dissipating. Otherwise I have not seen any evidence of robbing, or crazy behavior. I hope by now our queen has been released and she is getting to work.
I would love to meet some locals who have bees, as well as hear any words of wisdom from the forum members.
Thanks for reading!