Greetings from sunny Perth (Australia). After a very long wait we finally got our Nuc at the beginning of March. We have been doing checks every couple of weeks, but haven’t really seen too much! However, today we got out the camera and took photos as we went. From a 4 frame Nuc in an 8 frame box, they are working pretty well on 6 now, but not doing much with the outer two. One of the new frames has some (about 25%) capped honey, but the rest are mostly (at least 80-90%) capped worker brood (I think). I couldn’t see any pollen cells, but not too sure what they look like, plus there were so many bees at the top of the frames that we couldn’t see anything. However, the most exciting thing was that when we looked at the photos afterwards we could see lots of larvae, eggs and even the queen (spot her below)! So happy that they all look good, although there were two wax moths on the bottom board, but we couldn’t see any damage to the frames.
Anyway, after my happy dance, I just wanted to ask advice on if we should leave the hive alone now until spring. There are heaps of flowers around, but I’m guessing they won’t fill the outer frames by spring so we won’t need to add another box until then. Also, I’m guessing they are making their own winter stores, so shouldn’t need feeding (also most flowers in winter here so likely nectar supply should be good if they venture out). Should we just leave them in peace, or have another look in a couple of weeks if weather permits? All answers/comments appreciated. We are total newbies, but loving the learning experience