The story so far - I picked up my 5 frame nuc on the 13th December and installed on the 14th. It all went really smoothly. I put three empty frames in between the existing frames to ensure there wasn’t crazy comb making shenanigans. The next day I saw bees already bringing in pollen - and hanging out by our ponds as it was very hot. I fed them a litre of syrup on their arrival and they finished that in 3 days
Then we had some super warm days around 40 degrees followed by some days of showers on and off (3 days max) and for the last 4 days it has been quite windy but I have still seen them leaving the hive. We live in the bush but are surrounded by flowering Box Eucalyptus at the moment (hundreds of acres of them)
Anyway this morning I was able to finally open the hive before the wind picked up again and my hive does not look anything like what other people’s do…it looks kind of empty.
As I am long sighted I was hoping my photographer would be able to capture good pictures so I could check them later. My photographer is still rather nervous about bees it seems (even though the ones I have are sweethearts) and didn’t get really close so the pictures have a lot to be desired. I dis spot the queen in the pictures though which made me happy as she isn’t marked.
Here’s the cropped images - can a nice experienced person (there’s no bee club near me and I didn’t want to pester the breeder as he is 4 hours away and can’t just drop in) please take a look and tell me what’s going on. In everyone else’s pictures there’s masses of brood - on the comb that came with the nuc there appears to be hardly any…then there’s that frame with sunken caps? - people have said that their bees drew down a full frame of comb in 2 days, mine still haven’t finished 2 is 2 weeks and are still to go for the third. Do they still need feeding? Is my queen a dud?