Well.....here I go.....Beekeeping 2.0! ha As ,many of you know, last year I bought all my supplies and bees and tried bee keeping for the first time ever. One hive failed almost immediately for some reason, but the other one did pretty well all year. But then over the winter those all left and died as well (my fault).
I just got a new package of bees for one of my 2 hives, and I got a nuc for the other one just so I could observe the differences. I put them all in their respective hives 2 days ago and they seem to be doing great!
I do have my first question, though. So far I'm seeing a very dramatic difference in the behaviors of each hive. The one that I put the nuc in has had almost no activity. The bees are all still there when I peek inside, but they are not coming and going hardly at all. THey also haven't drank but a very small amount of their sugar water I installed for them. I have seen the queen and she seems fine and so do all the bees...but they have been in the hive for 2 days without any flying in and out. all 5 frames that came with the nuc were pretty full, btw. Not sure if they were full of honey or brood.
The hive that I put the package of bees in is behaving totally different. There are hundreds of bees flying in and out of it all day long- very active. They also have drank almost a full quart of honey water in the time the muc hive has drank maybe a cup.
One other difference I should mention. The hive I put the nuc frames and bees in already had almost all 20 of its frames (2 boxes) covered with comb build by my bees last year. The active hive where I put the package in has all new frames with nothing but foundation. Not sure if this matters, but I wanted to mention it.
Any ideas why the nuc hive are all just staying inside but the package hive are all foraging all day long> Just curious. thanks