Thanks, Kathy and Danno, I will try that in a few days after they eat down the sugar water that I put in yesterday. I will also take out the queen excluder from the bottom at the same time. Since the bees are bringing in pollen and necter I assume they are building comb and the queen starting to lay. I got the "new bees" in the mail on Monday, May 6th, and checked that the queen was out of the cage on Sunday the 13th. I have large bottles that I can use on top. I want to take out the frame feeder and put the wooden frame back and try feeding from the top. I SLOWLY put the top cover and top back on but did mash a few. Your ideas will stop that!
When should I check for eggs or larve? I don't want to bother the bees anymore than necessary? They are bringing back lots of yellow sweet clover pollen now. The wild blackberries blooms are almost done now. They like the sweet clover alot better than the red clover. They are flying by the red clover going to the sweetclover.
Danno, I see you are from Ludington, MI. Several years ago we went up the west coast of Michigan along Lake Michigan though your town, Holland, and the other towns along the way. You are in beautiful country with wonderful towns. We really enjoyed our trip to Michigan. Thanks again, Kathy and Danno - will try your suggestions.