Gidday from WA.. 8-)
My dad was running 20 odd hives down at Hopetoun,I never really took much notice(I was a teenager) till a friend of ours placed a hive on our 10 acre property two months ago.
He place a bottom box with some old comb 4/5 frames and workers in it down on the fence line.
A week later he came back with a queen,which was placed in the hive.
two weeks later (too soon I think) He then placed a top box on with new frames.The bottom yet wasnt full.
Ants moved in and he removed the top box.
We have since used cinnemon to no avail ,fixed the problem with grease on the hive legs.
Had a peek in at about 5pm and counted about 40 odd bees,most being on the old comb.
Todays question :-D How long is it going to take to get a good active hive happening ??
Im not too sure this queen is in high gear. :-P