Hived my 1st package on friday evening. Went in today to see how they were doing with the queen....... She's been relased and is doing fine :). They have already begun work on the starter strips i provided, with 2 of them nearly drawn to the bottom board in a band near the centers of the frames about 3 inches wide. They are taking the syrup (about a qt a day so far) and are really seeming to be quite content where they are :)
I did however notice quite a few drones on the ground in front of the hive,(10 to 15) having a hard time moving around, and seemingly unable to fly. Is that normal?........ I'm guessing they are just at the end of their life span as they were VERY large. If anyone thinks i need to investigate a problem please let me know.
By the way, those drones really are quite friendly. I picked a few up and let them roam around on me. Prolly nuffin special to all you seasoned beeks, but my neighbors and the rest of the household were quite suprised, as was I. :) (never handled a bee before)