Totally new to this. We had a colony of bees grow in our compost container. There were 6 combs, but during one very hot week most of them fell to the compost pile. I salvaged two big ones and moved them to a Langstroth hive (I moved the two combs to a blank). SO far so good. They seemed to move easily, started building, but then, despite greasing the legs on the hive stand, we had a terrible infestation of ants! So, I cleared the ants off…took ages…but no ants now. (There are very few bees, maybe a couple hundred and the ants in California are overwhelming). So, now I sunk legs in oil cans and the ant problem is solved. The bees seemed to be building a queen cell two weeks ago right before the ants. But now they do not seem to be building at all. Just eating. They eat a lot. 4 cups a day probably (feeding them 2 sugar to 1 water mixture as we don’t have many flowers left and I was hoping to encourage building). I don’t see a queen. What should I do? Also, how often should I open the top of the hive? I feel like they go through food very quickly and when it gets too low, they drown at the bottom. So I check every morning. (Open the top). Thanks for all your help! Bzzzz.