I caught a swarm a few weeks ago, and have them housed in a deep with drawn comb and a shallow with several frames of capped honey.
These bees do nothing. There are a good number of bees in the box. There is some small amount of brood. I've seen the queen. She's a large, very yellow girl. I have a quart jar of 1:1 syrup with holes punched in the lid, right in the box.
They do not take the syrup. The jar goes days with no drop in the level of syrup. You watch the front of the hive and you would swear it was an empty box. You literally might see 1 bee per minute entering or exiting.
I don't know if they are sick. I don't see any signs of spotting the outside of the hive as with nosema. I do see a few bees with DWV, not a large percentage, but you can see an occasional bee with chewed up looking wings.
This hive is at my Dad's house in his garden. He's never had a bee hive before and I was excited to put one at his house. He is concerned about them and asking me why they are so quiet and I don't know what to tell him.
We are in a dearth here. The fall flowers haven't kicked in, but why aren't they taking syrup?
I'd surely appreciate suggestions.