First time poster here, I’ve been reading through the forum for the last few weeks and have to say I find it fantastic! I thought I’d post up some photos and ask for some advice, if possible.
So I installed my nucleus into my 8 frame Flow hive two and a half weeks ago. The weather was cold and wet. I fed a 1 to 1 sugar syrup from day one, 500mls lasted about 4 days. I opened my hive for the first time at day 16 and have attached some photos below.
Frame 1 was untouched
I must of lost a photo.
Hive beetle turned up at day 7. I’ve filled the bottom tray with oil and have caught about 6 so far, so it looks like they will be a problem. I saw one as well when I opened the hive. I will get a trap.
There’s been very little activity at the hive entrance up until day 12, where I started seeing bees returning with full pollen sacs. Today (day 18) there is a lot more activity and returning pollen.
I’m still feeding sugar, they are going through 1 litre in 24hrs. Should I stop now?
I will open the hive again soon and get some proper photos, some of the comb didn’t look quite right, how soon after the first opening should I wait before opening it again? I’ve read conflicting ideas however I want to get a beetle trap in ASAP as the hive is young and week.