Today I installed two packages (4 pounds each) of bees into two separate hives. Now that the packages are installed, the two hives are behaving very differently.
This is my first time to install a package and I am a bit of a worry wort. Is something wrong with one of the hives? I realise I should just chill out and wait 3 days, but, your advise and opinion will help my anxiety subside.
See the photo below:
The hive on the left: Very few bees clustering around the entrance. When the bees exit the entrance they fly almost immediately.
The hive on the right: Much more activity since I installed them. When bees leave the entrance they always wander around and then a small percentage of them will take flight after wandering. Also, some of the bees are doing the Nasanov waft.
Opinions? Did my queen die on one of the hives? Which hive has the expected behavior for a hive that had a good install?
Thanks for helping my anxiety subside! And thanks for helping me learn to read the bee tea leaves.
Here is a video if that is helpful…