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Mark McDonald
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Hi I've newly setup 2 hives with 2, 4 pound packages. I Installed them on a semi sunny day and 6 days later (today) I checked on them on a mostly cloudy day. I know I'm not supposed to check on bad weather days but there has been no end in sight for the rain and wind and this was the best day to check for the queen release, which she was out. I didn't look for her or disturb the bees much other then to pull the middle frames and inspect for comb.

The first hive I found what appeared to be honey comb. I'm guessing they are storing the syrup I'm feeding them because they haven't left the hive except for one nice day we had. Is this a problem? I really don't want to harvest syrup lol. No brood in the bottom deep just the stored syrup. I didn't check for brood where they were clustered in the top super because I got nervous at how many were on thE frames and didn't want them to get all  pissed off any fly out only to get cold and die later.

The second hive disturbed me more because they were not even doing anything in the bottom deep. No comb nothing. The top super had tons of bees but when I went to pull a frame they seemed to get super aggressive so I let it go considering I had time constraints and again the crap weather. I really didn't want the queen laying in the supers but the master beekeeper down the road from me told me not to use excludes.

So mission successful 6 days the Queens were out not sure of they are there but there was no candy left. Going forward, is there a sign your pissing the bees off when you go into the hive? I noticed a few shaking their asses in the air with stinger showing. The other question is, should I go into the soon to check for brood seeing as I did this confirm it before and in case I need queens?

Any and all advice welcomed as I'm just winging this here.
 
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We typically don't put honey supers on our Langstroth hives until the bees are very crowded into 2 deeps. Then we add a honey super, which they fill in a couple weeks. We use queen excluders between the deeps and the honey supers.

I wouldn't worry about a couple of pounds of syrup being stored in a colony. It will be diluted a lot if they put in 80 pounds of honey.

I don't care if the bees get pissed off. I wear a fully functional bee-protection suit whenever I open a colony. There's that certain frequency of flying that really gets on my primate nerves, and if they are crashing into me aggressively, that's not fun. But whatever. That's what a bee suit is for.

 
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